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A Candid Discussion About Disability And Accessible Music Venues

The founder of Is This Venue Accessible appeared on The Kojo Nnamdi Show to talk about D.C.'s music scene, and why accessibility hasn't gotten equal billing alongside other social-justice issues.


Pretty Yende: An Opera Star Whose Rise Began With A Fall

A mishap in the South African soprano's Metropolitan Opera debut still makes her laugh, but that night ended with a standing ovation. Now she's in Los Angeles for The Marriage of Figaro.

Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

The musicians who live in countries along the Nile rarely got to meet — until the Nile Project came along. Now they learn from each other, make records together and are currently touring the U.S.
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A Different Drummer: 40 Years Of Funny With Barry Louis Polisar

Barry Louis Polisar has carved out a rarefied niche in D.C. and nationally as an offbeat children's entertainer.


Bluegrass Musician Norman Blake Releases An Album Of Original Songs

Blake has performed for more than 60 years. He was in Johnny Cash's band and played on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline album. Now 77, his new album is called Wood, Wire and Words.
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How A Blind Maryland Boy Defines His Life With His Music, Not His Disability

Cole Moran, 12, has been blind since birth; now he's gaining recognition for his talent as a harmonica player.


'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.

Saxophonist Tony Malaby's New Quartet Brings Out His Rowdy Side

Malaby has merged his two trios — with a cello and a tuba — into a quartet called Tubacello. Their new album is Scorpion Eater. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says he hopes to hear from them again.

Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.

Doritos Stage Pulled From SXSW But Issues Remain

As the Austin, Texas, music festival enters its 28th year, concerns continue over corporate branding and security.