When Angola was still a colony of Portugal, dance clubs in Angola produced a kind of distinct music that took fire and eventually took Portugal by storm. Now, a new band of Portugese and Angolans is taking that old kuduro sound and turning it into new music.
The United States is held in high regard in Kosovo because of its role in supporting the former Serbian province's bid for independence. So, for many Kosovars, having a beefy American muscle car is a high sign of status. So much so that Kosovars living abroad, even in the U.S., often bring their cars home with them on vacation.
You might recognize The Heavy by name, but you almost certainly recognize their music. Take their hit song 'How You Like Me Now,' which has been featured in Super Bowl ads, on TV and in Obama campaign appearances. But as all-American as those things are, the band is distinctly British — the latest Brit group to build on American Southern music.
Chinese Muslims, all 23 million of them, say it can be hard practicing their faith in China. Particularly for ethnic Uygurs, there is long-running discrimination that many Uygurs say endangers their cultural existence.
Bands in Israel have a long road ahead of them if they hope to become a global hit. To start off with, just getting heard overseas requires spending a ton of money to get there. And even if they can accomplish that, there are the politics of being from Israel to contend with. And, of course, what language do they sing in?
Public and private funding for the arts in Europe are drying up as the economic crisis their continues. In Portugal, artists remain in survival mode and are testing new ways to find funds. Some have turned to crowdfunding through a website inspired by U.S.-based Kickstarter.
You've probably not heard of Jovanotti -- but that may change soon. The Italian hip-hop musician has been popular in his home country for years, but not he's bringing his music to the U.S. and hopes to reach a whole new audience.
The Sikh community is often known for its turbans. Sikh men are expected to wear turbans at virtually all times, even while sleeping. But the turbans often lead others to misunderstand or discriminate against Sikhs, so an American Sikh put together a video to try and explain why Sikhs wear turbans, and just how they come to be.
Many people in Sweden are buying up as many classic American muscle cars as they can get. They long for, and in many cases have recreated, a culture that thrived in America of the 1950s and 60s.
Rob Adler Peckerar says there's more to Jewish history than Israel and the Holocaust. As executive director of the non-profit Yiddishkayt, he takes young American Jews on trips to explore their European past. The tours are more about life than genocide.