For today's Global Hit, drummer Steve Reid explains how his legendary career has taken him from Motown to Africa. Steve Reid's latest album is called Daxaar ... after the city in Senegal where he recorded the CD.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been making deals in the Middle East recently to boost France's profile there but the moves are also attracting the attention of Islamic extremists, as The World's Gerry Hadden reports.
If all goes as planned, Haiti, yes North America's Haiti, will become the latest member of the African Union sometime in January. Haiti and Africa share a sense of history, and African countries stepped up in the wake of Haiti's earthquake, which has led some to conclude the time is right to formalize their ties.
With very little information available regarding the deteriorating health of South Africa's former-President Nelson Mandela, foreign media is waiting outside the hospital for him to either die or dramatically improve. Their vigil is angering some South Africans, including parts of the Mandela family.
Doudou Ndiaye Rose was a master drummer from Senegal. And he played with the best of 'em — Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Josephine Baker. But perhaps his most personal performances were with his children and grandchildren, sometimes all at once. Rose died Wednesday at the age of 85.