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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For jazz pianist, Obama's trip to Cuba 'beyond what I'd ever thought I'd see'

Arturo O'Farrill took a few moments to talk about Cuba before his concert at New York's Birdland on Sunday night. O'Farrill is son of "Chico," the famous Cuban jazz composer and conductor. Arturo is carrying on his dad's legacy, both on the jazz scene and as a Cuban-American. And he is planning to bring his father's ashes with him on a journey to Cuba soon.

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“This is like a revolution!” — Foo Fighters play for the small Italian town whose invitation to them went viral

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A thousand musicians in Cesena, Italy, played a song by the Foo Fighters and created a video to go along with it. At the end of the video, they ask the band to come to Cesena and perform a concert. The rock band has responded and plays there tonight.

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Saudi singer: People say, 'I hope you die, I hope you burn in hell, you're a slut.'

If you think it's hard to make it as a musician in the US, try Saudi Arabia. Music isn't officially illegal, but many Muslims there believe that music is forbidden — so not only are there no karaoke bars, but shredding that guitar solo might actually get you in trouble with religious police. But that doesn't mean that there are no aspiring Saudi Idols.