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Moreno's 'El Burrito Sabanero', Welcomed Update To A Holiday Song

"Mi Burrito Sabanero" is about a little donkey making its way to Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. We hear about a reimagined version of the classic Latin American Christmas song by Gaby Moreno.

What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

A report suggests that USAID infiltrated Cuba's nascent hip-hop scene several years ago. Now that Cuba-U.S. relations have officially begun to thaw, what is the future of programs like these?

Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

The British singer, who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock, died of lung cancer.

Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as "Feelin' Alright" and "Up Where We Belong," has died, his management agency says.

Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

"We think it's all a bit vulgar, you know, cashing in on Christmas," Lowe says of the British. He says he took it as a challenge: Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix.
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The Top 25 D.C. Songs Of 2014

WAMU's music site, Bandwidth, names its 25 favorite tracks from Washington-area artists in 2014.


Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? "Put a little Outkast to it," the soul singer says.

When The Beatles Gave Fans A 'Crimble' Present

In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.

Duke The Halls: Bo And Luke Go Caroling

John Schneider and Tom Wopat, the good old boys from The Dukes of Hazzard, have recorded a Christmas album. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with them about nurturing a creative partnership offscreen.

Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.