At 60, Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi now has more albums to his name than birthdays. His latest, Sarawoga, is an emotional response to the death of his son. Mtukudzi joins guest host Celeste Headlee in studio for a special performance chat.
After more than a decade apart, the '90s band reconvened for a new album, Magic Hour. But along with it, the trio — all mothers — released a children's album called Baby DJ. Reviewer Stefan Shepherd says Baby DJ played a role in Luscious Jackson getting back together.
A cross-generational group of Afghanistan's top musicians provides a living archive of the nation's cultural treasures — players who've found a new home in Fremont, Calif. They've just released a new album, headed by a phenomenal female singer named Mahwash.
Marcus "Magnificent" Malone was a percussionist in Santana's band before it hit big in 1969. Since then, he's spent time in prison and time on the streets. By chance, he was part of a local TV news report. Then Santana and the news station tracked Malone down. Now he may play with the band again.
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.
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