Mali is recovering from a conflict in the north where Islamic extremists had taken over and imposed sharia law. That included a ban on music. The Islamists are gone and the ban on music was lifted, but that doesn't mean musicians there are doing well.
Istanbul's Gezi Park protests have produced a new word, funny chants and songs with daringly rewritten lyrics. Even though they are being pushed out of public places, the protesters want to maintain the spirit of inventiveness and irony.
At a fine arts high school in southeast Turkey, students are learning western classical music. But this type of music has often struggled to catch here. Matthew Brunnwasser pays a visit to a fine arts school where western classical music is taught.
SÃ£o Paulo-based rapper Kleber Gomes is known throughout Brazil simply as Criolo. He started from humble beginnings, but these days he's making hip-hop that's reaching a whole generation of young Brazilians.
Sergei Zhuk, an author and rock fan, says Rock and Roll helped bring down the Soviet Union. His book is called "Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, l960-l985." Brigid McCarthy spoke to Zhuk.
Fado is the music of Portugal and the center of the scene is the capital - Lisbon. One of the rising stars on the fado scene Portugal's capital is 27-year-old singer Carminho. Marco Werman tells us more.
Tiempo Libre is a seven piece group based in Miami. The band's leader Jorge Gomez tells Marco Werman about his teenage years in Havana when he would try to listen to banned American music. This is remembered in the group's new CD "My Secret Radio."