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For Artist Lira, South Africa Is All Soul

Afro-soul musician Lira is among the biggest stars in South Africa, having released four multi-platinum albums there. She talks to host Michel Martin about growing up during apartheid, her inspirations, and how she aims to help preserve African culture through her new CD, Rise Again.

Cool! Tickets For The Who's Canceled '79 Show Good For 2013 Concert

After a stampede at a 1979 show in Ohio, the mayor of Providence said the band couldn't play in his city. But The Who will be there next February, and 10 fans who still had their old tickets won't be disappointed again.

Snoop Dogg Gets A New Name

Now The rapper born Calvin Broadus is now Snoop Lion. He told reporters this week, he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica, where he recorded a new reggae-inspired album that'll be released soon.

Fat Boys: A Hip-Hop Novelty Act Strikes Back

The New York group was best known for a series of crossover pop hits recorded with everyone from The Beach Boys to Chubby Checker. Fat Boys had faded from the spotlight by the 1990s, but a new reissue makes a case for the group as more than just a gimmick.

Kat Edmonson On World Cafe

Singing standards, the Texas native can move from a lilting falsetto to a raspy growl with ease.

Bibi Tanga: Where Afropop Meets Walt Whitman

The African singer says his new record 40 Degrees of Sunshine draws from Afrobeat, French pop and transcendentalist poetry. He says his tour of the U.S. is a bit of a homecoming for him.

Feminist Punk Band, Imprisoned For Five Months, Gets Next Gig: Russian Courtroom

Three members of the band, which staged a protest of Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in February, face up to seven years in prison. They pleaded not guilty on Monday.