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.'
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Palermo, a neighborhood in Argentina's capital city, Buenas Aires. Palermo is known for its bohemian cafes and hyper-active nightlife. It's also the birthplace of a high-tech dance party movement, known as "zizek. Zizek's musical foundation is cumbia, a rhythm originally from Colombia. Reporter Corey Takahashi has today's Global Hit.
A 92-year-old woman has hit the top of the British album charts. Dame Vera Lynn beat out the competition with a newly-released collection of songs that were hits 70 years ago. The World's Laura Lynch has the story.
Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya fronts the trio The Very Best. The band members met in London and first shot to fame via the internet. Now they've put out their first CD of original music. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with singer Esau Mwamwaya.
We hear music from Canadian-based trio, Orchid Ensemble. Its latest CD is inspired in part by the Uyghur music of northwestern China. The title is The Road to Kashgar. And the Uyghur city of Kashgar is the answer to our Geo Quiz today.
The poetic tradition in North Africa has also woven its way into more modern forms of expression. One group of Libyan exiles has assembled some of the best tracks into a compilation. The World's Clark Boyd reports.
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.