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.
Folk music was popular in the 1970s in Uruguay, but has been on the wane for decades. Now three singers are re-imagining it and making it cool. And they're bringing their tunes to the popular SXSW music festival.
During the US-Vietnam war, North Vietnam's government only allowed music that encouraged people to fight for the nation. And bluesy love songs were associated with South Vietnam and Americans. That's how a young musician ended up spending a decade in prison.
23-year-old Cécile McLorin Salvant grew into a jazz singer only by leaving the US and heading to France. The singer has since won acclaim from her peers in the jazz world. In 2010 she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington DC.
Greensboro-based hip-hop group Phive paid tribute to Nelson Mandela's birthday today by releasing a special song. Marco Werman speaks with singer and songwriter Afika Nxumalo about his connection to South Africa and the song he penned called "Madiba."
The music of German composer Richard Wagner is considered taboo by many in Israelis. That's because Wagner is widely linked with Hitler and antisemitism. But an Israeli researcher says it may be time to rethink Wagner, as Daniella Cheslow reports.
Before Oscar Hijuelos, it was rare for Latino writers to get wide recognition in the US. But Hijuelos broke barriers with his novel, “The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love,” which won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize.