In Barack Obama's first election, the eyes of Kenya, where his father was born, were watching closely. But this year, as the novelty has worn off and Kenyans face their own upcoming election, attention has shifted -- especially as people focus on getting young people interested in voting.
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?
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.
If you attend a political event, you're very likely to notice the music. It's been chosen to convey a message, one of hope, or patriotism or even of sticking together. And while the politicians are careful about what they choose, sometimes the musicians are none-too-pleased to be included.
Northern Mali was taken over by militants and Islamic extremists and now they're in the process of implementing a system of Sharia law in that part of the country. That's meant an end to musical performances across the part of the country controlled by the extremists.
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.
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.
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.
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.