A month-long trip down the mighty Mississippi river is the inspiration behind the Okee Dokee Brothers' latest album Can You Canoe? The mix of fun song-writing and folksy rhythms takes the younger listeners on an adventurous trip from the river's headwaters in Minnesota to the Gateway Arch in Saint Louis.
When the Philadelphia Orchestra first visited China four decades ago, it was a prestigious, well-funded institution performing in a poor, underdeveloped nation. Now the orchestra is emerging from bankruptcy and hoping that an increasingly wealthy China can provide new streams of revenue.
For decades, San Francisco DJ Cheb i Sabbah has explored numerous fusions and reconfigurations of North African, Middle Eastern and Indian music styles. He's now in the midst of a health crisis, and many of his musician friends are lending support through a benefit album.
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