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Album Review: 'Always With Us,' By Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the most well-known, all-male vocal groups in the world. Formed in the '60s, they have won multiple awards and recorded over 50 albums. Their latest release, Always With Us, remembers the life and voice of Nellie Shabalala, the late wife of the group's vocal leader. Reviewer Banning Eyre says Ladysmith Black Mambazo's mark on contemporary music is indelible.
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That Old-Time Sound, Captured Live In The Moment

Their equipment may be quaint, but the new-school folklorists behind The 78 Project have pulled off a kind of musical time travel.
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John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot

Bluesman John Hammond was at a recording session in 1992 when a surprise guest arrived on the scene. His new live album, Timeless, includes the song he reaped that day and many others from his 50-year career.
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Rachel Ries' Album Reflects Her Urban-Rural Split

Sometimes you need to get away from the thing you love. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to singer Rachel Ries about her new album, Ghost of a Gardener, which she produced after taking a couple years off from music.
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The Sunny Grunge Of Mozes And The Firstborn

The Dutch garage pop group Mozes and The Firstborn has a self-titled debut album out this month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Melle Dielesen of the band.
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A Man, A Plan, A Concept Album About Panama

Danilo Pérez got his start playing piano with Dizzy Gillespie. The celebrated composer's latest project is an ambitious one: 500 years of trade, exploration and colonization represented in music.
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo On A Mission To Preserve Culture

South Africa's award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are first and foremost a family. Members Albert Mazibuko and Babuyile Shabalala tell host Michel Martin what's kept the group together for 50 years, and share a bit of their signature sound. This segment originally aired Jan. 30, 2014, on Tell Me More.
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Pop Music Lags Dealing With Interracial Love Anxieties

Interracial romances have been featured in American popular music for more than a century. But pop singers no longer croon about miscegenation even as the number of interracial and inter-ethnic marriages has sharply risen.
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In The Digital Era, Hit Songs Aren't Everything

The Internet is the new frontier for song royalties. If ASCAP has its way, law will prevail, but some songwriters and publishers see the organization as a relic.
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In 'Whole Gritty City,' Marching Bands Vie For Coveted Mardi Gras Spots

"New Orleans buries too many of its young," Wynton Marsalis says in the documentary's introduction. The Whole Gritty City, airing Saturday on CBS, follows young students who take refuge in New Orleans marching bands.

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