Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called "Blurred Lines." It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.
The rules for performance these days are onerous in Iran. Women can't appear before male audiences. It's hard to remember that before the 1979 revolution, anyone could make music there. Including a gay academic.
Scholars and the OED have cited Shakespeare as the originator of more than 1600 words. While he was the first to write down many words, new research fueled by computer analysis indicates he didn't invent as many words as once thought.
Maracatu is a musical and performance style from the northeastern part of Brazil. It's experiencing a resurgence these days thanks in part to a collaboration between a Brazilian group and a Brooklyn-based band.
You don't have to be all that fit to enjoy the TV soap opera that millions of people are watching right now in Colombia. Although, it is about sports. Sort of. "La Seleccion" is a TV series about some star Colombian soccer players.
Olivier Libaux, one the founding members of the French cover band has remade songs by the California rock group, Queens of the Stone Age. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with Libaux about his latest album 'Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age.'
Rodeo is the national sport of Mexico, but it's long been eclipsed in popularity by sports like soccer. Today, though, the charrerï¿½a is getting a new infusion of life: Women in rodeo. The World's Jason Margolis has more from Mexico.
The World's Laura Lynch tells us about two singers being honored tonight in London with the ï¿½Freemuse Award.ï¿½ The award is given by an organization that advocates freedom of expression for musicians.
We end today taking you on a musical voyage between two cities, two cities that are as almost as distant as you can get from each other. For Ben Frost, these would be his two homes of Melbourne, Australia and Reykjavik, Iceland.
You might think authoritarian political regimes aren't very good for art. But Serbian rock star Rambo Amadeus says tyranny gives art purpose and energy. Now he says cultural life in Serbia has run out of steam. Matthew Brunwasser has today's global hit.
The Haitian roots rock band Boukman Eksperyans has been around for 30 years. They've lived through dictatorships, uprisings, and coups and the earthquake. Reporter Amy Bracken caught up with the band's leaders at home on the edge of Port-au-Prince.
Thousands of people turned out to attend the 40th annual Ukulele Festival in Hawaii. The instrument has seen a resurgence thanks in part to musician Jake Shimabukuro. Reporter Heidi Chang attended the festival. She spoke to Shimabukuro.
There is another, different guerilla war being waged in Pakistan. Baloch separatists say their community has been excluded and oppressed by Islamabad for over sixty years. The World's Fahad Desmukh reports the battle is being fought by musicians as well.
For today's Global Hit, the story behind a song. Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes' celebrates the connection he feels between Cuba and New Orleans with his composition ?New Orleans', one of the tracks on his new recording ?Chucho's Steps'.
For the weekend Global Hit, The World's Adeline Sire tells us about a French band that likes to think outside the French box. The name of the band is ï¿½The DØ? ï¿½ it stands for Dan and Olivia, Dan Levy and Olivia Merilahti, who make up the band.
Fiji has struggled over the past few decades. Four military coups have taken place since 1987. Reporter Michael Rhee visited a Fijian band Rosiloa on the main island of Viti Levu who are trying to keep their culture alive.
Apart from his role as Tony Soprano, actor James Gandolfini also made his mark through "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq," a documentary about injured Iraq war veterans adapting to life back here in the US.
When Spanish-speaking actresses come to this country, they often spend a bundle on trying to lose their accents. But these days,a Latino accent can be an asset. Sara Loscos of Feet in Two Worlds has the story.