Global Hit

A daily spotlight on international musical artists and trends. Created by host Marco Werman, the Global Hit features interviews with musicians, critics and deejays around the globe. Subscribe to the podcast: RSS iTunes

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Why a Hungarian orchestra had to borrow seven violin bows from friends

The Budapest Festival Orchestra came to New York to play an all-Dvorak concert at Lincoln Center in New York. But the musicians were shocked when US Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows belonging to the orchestra's string section. New federal regulations ban the commercial import of any and all elephant ivory - including the tips of classical violin bows.

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What's it like to portray Nelson Mandela in an opera? Amazing!

If you're in Pretoria, South Africa, one show you won't be able to see is a new opera about Nelson Mandela. That's because the show, "Madiba: The African Opera," was cancelled after just three nights because of a lack of funding. The opera depicts Nelson Mandela's early years in his native home of Qunu, on South Africa's Eastern Cape. Thabang Senekal is the well-known South African baritone who played Mandela in the production. He describes what it's like to play Mandela on stage.

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Anchor Marco Werman interviews Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa about his new CD "Apti" which means "coming together." He performs it with his trio the Indo-Pak Coalition, and believes that after the Mumbai attacks.

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Reporter Sylvia Maria Gross remembers Brazilian musician Dona Edith who died last week at the age of 94. She became famous for tapping and scraping samba rhythms on a dinner plate.

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Geo Answer-Global Hit

The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Corner Brook in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Celtic music producer Brian O'Donovan samples some of the music being showcased there at the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA). It's a festival devoted to Atlantic Canada's diverse musical styles.