Americans have paid plenty of attention to the thaw with Cuba announced last week, but the news on the island has focused on the "Cuban Five," a group of intelligence officers who just returned home. And on Saturday, a concert in Havana turned into an emotional homecoming for the men.
In the days after World War II, musicians in the northern villages of the huge island nation of Madagascar started fusing traditional folk songs with modern styles. The result was a style called salegy, and it's still everywhere in Madagascar, now evolving for yet another new age.
The US Agency for International Development does development and aid work around the world, but it's also sometimes accused of carrying out clandestine programs for the government. A new AP report says its latest effort was an attempt to topple the Castros with hip-hop.
Forty-three student-teachers from the town of Ayotzinapa in Mexico are still missing. The case has caused massive protests in Mexico and beyond, and Mexican-American radio host Catalina Maria Johnson decided to put together a playlist in honor of the missing.
The rise of ISIS and their brutal acts of terror have been a horrifying development in the past year. And yet within in the Middle Eastern artistic community, an unlikely group of voices has begun to stand up to try and combat’s the group’s message of fear and intolerance: comedians.
Almost 25 years ago, John Wurdeman stumbled onto a CD of traditional Georgian music at a record store in Virginia. Now he lives in the tiny former Soviet republic and is involved in its wine renaissance.
Growing up in a secluded village on the Honduran coast, Aurelio Martinez received most of his musical education from his mother. Now, the musician from a minority culture called the Garifuna is going back to those roots on his latest album "Landini," while also fighting for the rights of his people.
Kate Bush fans from around the globe have picked a pub near the Hammersmith Apollo as a central meeting place. It's become a place to gather and share the excitement before catching one of the singer's sold-out shows, her first in 35 years.
Famed Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci detailed a design for a new instrument in his Codex Altanticus. But it never moved beyond his sketchbook. Now, more than 500 years later Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has built and played the inventor's viola organista.
There are a number of amateur and semi-professional Christian/Gospel rock bands in Pakistan. Among them is Hallelujah, which has parlayed its mix of rock and Christian themes into a little bit of mainstream attention.
Before he achieved crossover fame on the 1960s TV show 'Hee Haw', musician Buck Owens helped pioneer a new kind of country music: the so-called Bakersfield sound.His Carnegie Hall concert was a milestone for Owens and for country music.
Two economists surveyed the hits of the past 50 years from 22 countries. Adjusting for GDP, Sweden is top of the pops. University of Minnesota economist Joel Waldfogel co-authored the study. He speaks with anchor Jeb Sharp.
Brazilian musical iconoclast Tom Ze has re-released a trilogy of his estudandos, or studies, of bossa nova and samba. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with him and finds out why he twisted these beloved musical styles.