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Album Review: 'The Lagos Music Salon'

Somi is a jazz singer and songwriter currently based in New York City. Banning Eyre reviews her latest album, The Lagos Music Salon, a collection of songs composed while she lived in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Femi Kuti

Femi Kuti, the son of pioneering Afrobeat musician and dissident Fela Kuti, forged his own path with a band in the 80's, using music to push for change. He joins us in studio to discuss his activism through music, his father's legacy, and Africa's future.


Getting Spooky With Spoon

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Got A Girl: A Musical Match Made In Hollywood

Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead met by chance while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The two struck up a friendship, and are now on the cusp of releasing their first album.

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The Latest Stop On Jazz Singer Somi's Journey

Her parents were from Uganda and Rwanda; she was born in Illinois and spent time in Nigeria. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with jazz artist and singer Somi about her latest project, The Lagos Music Salon.

Beethoven's 'Eroica,' A Bizarre Revelation Of Personality

Born in a moment of despair, as its creator was staring down hearing loss, Beethoven's Third Symphony is as odd as it is transcendent.

Better Late Than Never: Soul Singer Hits National Spotlight

Soul singer Naomi Shelton had to wait until her 60s to see the release of her debut album. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with her about her latest release with her band The Gospel Queens, Cold World.

No Lie: Shakira's 'Hips' Gets An Oxford Makeover

The Oxford University men's a cappella group Out of the Blue has its own version of "Hips Don't Lie" — and an endorsement from the pop star herself.

At The Cradle Of Country Music, A Monument You Can Hear As Well As See

Bristol, a Virginia border town, hosted the first recording sessions of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. Now, a museum stands to honor what is known as country music's "big bang."