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Santigold: 'Blown Away' By Fela Kuti

Singer Santi White says her father steered her artistic development by introducing her to the music of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti at a young age.

The Cleveland Youth Orchestra: On The Road In Mozart's Hometown

The young ensemble associated with the famed Cleveland Orchestra makes its first trip abroad.
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Plans For 'Chuck Brown Park' Move Forward

Plans to honor D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown with a park in his name are coming to fruition, after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray submitted legislation to the D.C. Council do to just that.


Ray Anderson: A Pocket-Size Suite Makes A Huge Racket

It's tricky making a little band sound this big, but trombonist Ray Anderson knows his tricks.

Killer Mike: On Ronald Reagan And Raising Daughters

Atlanta rapper Michael Santiago Render, known professionally as Killer Mike, released his sixth album this month, and his U.S. tour kicks off Tuesday. He explains to Morning Edition that he wants rap music to be embraced like jazz, blues or gospel. "What's more gospel than rap music?" he asks.

Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

To prepare for her new album, Girl Talk, McGarry researched what her singing idols — including Nina Simone, Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day — sounded like in conversation.