Kanniks Kannikeswaran writes groundbreaking Hindu sacred music and forms community choirs to perform it. "When a group of about 20 strangers get together and sing raga-based music with choral harmony for the first time," he says, "something magical begins to happen."
While making the new album Matangi, the singer-rapper discovered she had a divine counterpart: a Hindu goddess who shares both her birth name and her taste for self-expression. She speaks with NPR's David Greene about fame, war and controversy.
Still only in the early stages of her career, Monroe has already collaborated with Jack White, Wanda Jackson and Miranda Lambert. She speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her latest album, Like a Rose.
Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about an Instagram artist with a social conscience, one man breaking into the world of belly dancing, and the timeless innovation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Eric Pulido from the Denton, Texas band Midlake. The group, formed in 1999 by a group of jazz students from the University of North Texas, has rebooted — after the departure of lead singer Tim Smith — for a new album called Antiphon.
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