Garlin has had a big year with his hit Caribbean anthem, "Differentology." The song recently won the 2013 Soul Train Award for Best International Performance. In a conversation with guest host Celeste Headlee, the popular Trinidadian artist discusses his unique style of music.
All three members of the band are now free. But the pardons are just an effort by President Vladimir Putin to shore up his country's reputation before February's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina said after her release.
This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry. Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.
World music DJ Betto Arcos grew up in the Mexican state of Veracruz, where he learned a homegrown brand of Christmas music. He introduces NPR's Arun Rath to a few of those songs by bringing a four-piece band into the studio.
Like so many music lovers, NPR's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd have been hard at work compiling their best-of-2013 lists. From Los Angeles quartet La Santa Cecilia to Spanish rapper Mala Rodriguez, the Alt Latino hosts join NPR's Rachel Martin to share some of what they loved in Latin music this year.
The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. And what pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang say about teaching and learning could be applied to many different areas and fields, not just music and the other arts.
The world-renowned vocal chamber group The Hilliard Ensemble will disband in 2014 after 40 years of performing. Host Arun Rath speaks with founding member David James about their final concerts and their new album Il Cor Tristo.
It's an era of music that has faded from memory, but some say it's an integral part of American history: Latin-Jewish music in the mid-20th century. Steve Berlin of Chicano band Los Lobos says if this were the soundtrack to his Hebrew school experience, he would have never dropped out.
In more than 270 cities this year, all around the world, special concerts will present Christmas music down at the low end of the musical scale. It's called "Tuba Christmas," and we hear a bit of it from a performance in Washington, D.C.
At the end of a year in which Sheryl Sandberg released Lean In, Miley Cyrus and Diane Martel provoked everybody, #solidarityisforwhitewomen was born, and British singer Lily Allen put her foot in it, Beyonce's album has reignited conversations about the boundaries of feminism today.
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