Doreen Kutzke started yodeling when she was six years old in her home country of East Germany. But she grew embarrassed of her talent and soon quit. After the Berlin Wall fell, Kutzke moved to Berlin, where she worked as a DJ. Eventually, she rediscovered her passion for yodeling.
Ramadan just ended and with it the period of daylight fasting observed by most Muslims around the world. In India especially, the fast is often broken with a dish called haleem, a sort of meat porridge that manages to bridge the religious divide and appeal to all manners of Indians.
Marjane Satrapi, an Iranian exile, created a graphic novel about life as a musician in Iran in the 1950s. Then she turned it into a movie, which debuted this past weekend.
After becoming a national phenomenon in his home country of Sierra Leone, Janke Nabay struggled for years to break through the American music scene. His eclectic interpretation of "bubu," traditional Sierra Leonean music with roots in 500-year-old mythology, eventually found a home in Brooklyn. Nabay's debut album came out Aug. 7.
The world of comic books and graphic novels has long been dominated by men, who more often than not portray women characters as busty babes in supporting roles. But artists like Jessica Abel hopes to change that by redefining the way women write and appear in comics.
In 2011, California lawmakers passed a law banning the controversial shark fin trade. Though the law doesn't go into effect until January, it's already sparked discontent among chefs and seafood distributors in San Francisco's Chinatown, where shark fin soup remains a popular delicacy.
Tom Pang's blend of bluegrass and traditional Mongolian music has gained him much attention in the Shanghai music scene. Though Pang wasn't the first to come up with the idea, his affinity for bluegrass and his Mongolian heritage make him a natural fit for the hybrid genre.
During the Cold War, all things Western were either forbidden or held in deep suspicion among officials east of the iron curtain. Yet, somehow, the culture of skateboarding that cropped up in California made it into East Berlin, where it thrived. A new documentary looks at that evolution.
Kara Miletich is a product of a blended culture, American and Spanish. She's lived in Europe, but also in the U.S. So, unsurprisingly, her music reflects that blend of cultures and styles.
Hilary Hahn is known as something of a classical music wunderkind. She debuted at a young age and has become renowned for her work. But her latest effort sounds almost nothing like what's come before. Rather than the classics, she's improving sounds, accompanied by a "prepared" piano.