The great recession of 2008 began with the collapse of Iceland's economy and we have a couple of Icelandic musicians to offer their unique perspective. Karl James Pestka and Ragnar Ólafsson are members of Árstíðir; a band that came together right as the 2008 crisis began.
What is it like to play a song you love in front of the rock star who made it popular? A young guitarist from Buenos Aires, Sebastian Fernandez, just found out, when he played the famous solo from "Stairway to Heaven" with Led Zeppelin lead guitarist Jimmy Page in the audience.
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.
Asgeir Trausti is a popular singer-songwriter in his home country, Iceland. And now, he hopes to do the same with his first English-only album and tour of the US. One of the biggest crowds he'll be playing for will be at Bonneroo.
Mindra Sahadeo, an Indo-Guyanese musician who now lives in New York, has found a niche bringing the city’s harmoniums back to life. It's a way to connect to his Indian heritage and fill his shared apartment with music.
For the past four years, the World Routes Academy has flown young British musicians all over the globe to mentor with masters of traditional music. 18-year-old singer Fidan Hajiyeva was a perfect candidate for the Academy.