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From Four Different Corners Of Africa, Four Bold New Albums

DJ Betto Arcos spins soulful songs from a prison in Malawi, dance music from Congo and more.

After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba

This week, the ensemble became the first professional U.S. orchestra since 1999 to play in Cuba — 86 years after its first visit to Havana.

Oak Ridge Boys Take Their Impeccable Harmonies 'On The Road'

The Oak Ridge Boys are still at it, with a new CD of hymns and gospels called Rock of Ages. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joe Bonsall and Richard Sterban about Bonsall's new book and their latest CD.

In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

It took Queen Latifah more than 20 years to bring the life of pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. "Inhabiting her has inhabited me," she says.

50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined 'The In Crowd'

The pianist was looking for a fun song to add to his set that evening at a Washington, D.C., jazz club when a waitress made a suggestion. The recording became a huge crossover hit: "The In Crowd."

1,000 Songs From Holocaust Survivors Archived

In the summer of 1948, an amateur folklorist named Ben Stonehill recorded this music in New York City's Hotel Marseilles. Now, 66 of those songs are online.

In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders

Bhi Bhiman had an all-American childhood, but his songs have an international character. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his childhood, his politics and his new album, Rhythm & Reason.

Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote Carves Out A Crazy Path

The band just released Choose Your Weapon, a follow-up to Hiatus Kaiyote's Grammy-nominated debut. The Melbourne group makes sweet sounds that ring fresh and progressive.

B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

"I developed in my head that I'm never any better than my last concert or the last time I played," B.B. King told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1996.

B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89

The great bluesman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and toured relentlessly his whole life, wringing peerless emotion out of every note he played.