Nov 11, 2013 — The influential producer, musician and DJ hooked into traditions from India to North Africa to make music that was perfect for the digital millennium. He died last Thursday at age 66.
Nov 7, 2013 — Kanniks Kannikeswaran writes groundbreaking Hindu sacred music and forms community choirs to perform it. "When a group of about 20 strangers get together and sing raga-based music with choral harmony for the first time," he says, "something magical begins to happen."
Oct 20, 2013 — The Nigerian funk artist's work is celebrated on a new collection — after years of existing mainly as secret grail passed between electronic music DJs and other crate diggers. But even the album's compilers don't fully know who William Onyeabor is.
Oct 20, 2013 — America's favorite Syrian wedding singer crossed the Atlantic Ocean to hold court at NPR Music's showcase in New York City. Wearing his trademark keffiyeh and sunglasses, Souleyman performed songs from his new album, Wenu Wenu, with help from keyboard wizard Rizan Sa'id.
Oct 20, 2013 — The sitar-playing daughter of the late Ravi Shankar discusses teaming up with her half-sister, Norah Jones, on the new album Traces of You. Hear how their collaboration elicited an unexpected echo of their father's work, a sign that they were meant to work together.
Dec 6, 2013 — It's worth pausing to consider not only the legacy and achievements of former South African president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, but also the rich musical associations of his life.
Dec 2, 2013 — The honey-voiced singer, bandleader, songwriter, and impresario Tabu Ley Rochereau ruled dance floors across Africa. He died in Belgium Saturday.
Nov 14, 2013 — The Brooklyn band's eight members draw on North Indian rhythms, hip-hop, funk and New Orleans jazz to create undeniably singular party music. Hear Red Baraat perform songs from its latest album, Shruggy Ji, live in West Virginia.
Nov 12, 2013 — The creator of the Hindustani slide guitar draws on a good deal of North Indian classical music, but you can also hear the blues pouring out of his stunning work. Here, Bhattacharya performs with his brother and daughter.
Nov 2, 2013 — KPFK's global music DJ recently visited Brazil, and he brings NPR's Arun Rath a stack of new music he discovered there.