Emma Donovan is an indigenous R&B singer from Australia, backed by the Melbourne-based band The Putbacks. Their debut album may sound like the latest release from Brooklyn's Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, but there's a lot more to it than that.
Bassist Nathan East has performed on more than 2,000 recordings and was one of the composers of the recent Daft Punk hit "Get Lucky." But what he really loves is playing on the road. The guitar East brings with him has been all over the world, and it has the stickers to prove it.
On what would have been his 70th birthday, we ask: How did Bob Marley become Bob Marley? "He was the hero of the youth when I grew up in Benin," says singer Angelique Kidjo. "The day he died all the schools closed."
Chhom Nimol is the lead singer of the LA-based band Dengue Fever. She was born in Cambodia, but has been living in LA for the past decade or so. Now, after waiting 14 years, Nimol finally got her US citizenship and touring with the band just got a lot easier.
Music producer Ian Brennan set up a small recording studio at the Zomba Maximum Security Prison in Malawi and had the male and female inmates sing their own songs. Many of the tunes tell their stories of prison life.
Jason Hamacher is a punk rock drummer from Washington, DC, but he's interesting in exploring new sounds of all kinds. That's how he ended up recording Sufi singers in Aleppo, Syria, and preserving their songs before civil war destroyed the country.
How, why and where you can swim with statues, courtesy of singer and songwriter Dessa. This is the world premiere of her new video for her song "Sound The Bells," filmed off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Following the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, I was at the APAP conference in New York and spoke to several musicians about their reaction. Freedom of speech was in the air and I decided to ask a few of them how they see the balance between using their platforms to say whatever they want and being respectful of their public.
Cape Town singer Fancy Galada grew up quickly — taking care of her younger siblings when she was only 10. And at times it was terrifying. Now a mother herself, she sings to help herself heal from those early experiences.