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Diplo: Building A Bridge From The Underground To The Mainstream

The DJ and producer behind some of pop's biggest recent hits — by artists like Beyonce and Usher — talks about his new EP and his sometimes controversial roles as a curator of global sounds.

Edmar Castaneda's 'Double Portion' Of Harp

There have been a few groundbreaking harpists in jazz and improvised music, from Dorothy Ashby to Zeena Parkins. Now, Fresh Air's jazz critic says the Colombian phenomenon joins that list with Double Portion, his new album of solos and duets.

Sidi Touré And The Sonic Heritage Of The Sahara

When Touré plays and sings on his new album, you can feel him channeling ancient folklore through the modern filter of an acoustic guitar.
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"Bad Brains: A Band in DC"

Kojo chats with a member of the legendary D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains and the directors of a new documentary about the group.


Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Hear a special "tuba summit" with members of Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Rebirth Brass Band.

Ryan Shaw, The New Voice Of American Soul?

These days American singer Ryan Shaw is making an impression. His sound is so soulful that it's been compared to legends like Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke. Shaw joins host Michel Martin for a special performance and interview about his new album Real Love.