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For Kidjo, Musicians Must Be The Country's Voice

The West African nation of Mali has a rich musical heritage, and Islamic extremists there have been trying to destroy it. Singer Angelique Kidjo says the conflict in Mali reminds her of a crackdown by a Communist regime in her native Benin — which led her into exile. But Kidjo tells host Michel Martin the power of music will always triumph.

A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

In the 1990s, Jim McCormick was teaching at the University of New Orleans and looking ahead to a future in academia. Today, he's one of the hottest lyricists in country music, having hit the top of the Billboard Country Music charts twice in the past six months.

For Lisa Loeb, Life Is 'No Fairy Tale,' And That's OK

Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb burst onto the pop scene in the mid-'90s, and since then has released children's albums, books and even had stints on reality TV. Her new album, No Fairy Tale, is her first adult album since 2004.

Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

The legendary songwriter discusses happening into a music career, hearing his songs performed by his friends and the new album Feeling Mortal.

From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

The Taliban tried to ban all music in Afghanistan. But now, 48 young Afghans — boys and girls — make up an orchestra that is coming to the U.S. to perform at a couple of the most prestigious venues in America.

Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'

Shorter says that in combos led by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Art Blakey, he learned a crucial rule of being an effective bandleader: Leave the musicians alone.