World Music

Nathan Cone

Flutist Kay Ragsdale remembers the exact moment she knew she’d be part of the “Lion King” phenomenon. A musician friend had invited her to see the new musical during its tryout run in Minneapolis. It was Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997. That night, the world was talking about the death of Princess Diana in France (where it was already past midnight). And though Ragsdale was not immune to the shock of Diana’s death, her world was changed even more by the show she was witnessing.

Jack Morgan

It’s a concert that’s small in size but huge in scope. That distinctive sound of classical Hindustani (north Indian) music immediately takes you to a dreamy place.

“The gentleman named Indradeep Ghosh, a master violinist from north India, will be joining us for a concert Nov. 14.”

That’s Rick Henderson, who is producing the concert and playing the sarod, a lute-like instrument associated with classical Indian music. They will be playing what are called “duets.”

It's the biggest Ebola song yet.

Just as stars like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder came together in 1985 to sing "We Are the World" and raise money for Ethiopian famine relief, 12 acclaimed African musicians have united to marry music and message.

In West Africa, one of the simplest ways to slow the Ebola outbreak is to educate people about how to keep from getting infected with the virus. Now, there are some signs that Ebola awareness is indeed driving down the number of cases in parts of Liberia — and Liberian musicians and DJs may deserve some of the credit.

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