When was the last time that music moved you, not just emotionally, but physically? Researcher Psyche Loui says music can give you a "skin orgasm." And there may be an evolutionary reason why we get that chill down our spine.
A New Delhi ska band, the Ska Vengers, has covered the '60s and '70s hit "Message to You, Rudy" and turned it into a political message that blasts the frontrunner in India's month-long elections, Narendra Modi.
Hassan Hakmoun grew up in the world of gnawa music and dance that came to Morocco by way of west Africa. But it was an altogether different culture that got Hakmoun to New York City, where he has lived for the past three decades. Hakmoun has tapped into his Moroccan roots for a new album, "Unity."
As part of The Ninth Month, PRI.org is inviting you to share the lullabies your remember best. Was it one you sung to your own child? Or maybe one your remember your mom singing to a sibling. Share a link to a video or even sing right into your computer.
When Afghanistan holds elections on April 5, young voters could make all the difference. So this year, instead of an arts festival, the government created a music competition around the elections. The requirement? You had to write songs with lyrics about voting. And what came back was often rap.
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.
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.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel is the most famous product of Venezuela's program of universal music education. And as Venezuela finds itself embroiled in protests, Dudamel is being pushed into taking sides.
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.
Vieux Farka Touré of Mali helped produce the music that accompanied the World Cup in 2010. His latest album, 'Mon Pays' (My Country), dropped earlier this year and he stopped by The World recently to perform 'Ay Bakoy,' the last track.
Sean Quigley, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, performed and filmed his own version of the classic Christmas song, "Little Drummer Boy" and posted it on YouTube. To his shock, the video has had over a million hits.
Bitcoins have soared in value in recent weeks, touching $1000 per bitcoin earlier this week. They've become so popular some traditional businesses are accepting them for payment — but not everyone has embraced them.