Cole Porter was out of the musical theater scene during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of freedom from social constraints.
Amir Darabi was a child prodigy. He started playing the piano when he was 3 years old. Later, he felt there wasn't enough competition in Iran. But for an Iranian, getting to the US is a Herculean task.
"Smockey" is a male rapper from Burkina Faso, and he's dealing out some serious lyrics about the all-too-common practice of female genital mutilation. His latest song, "Tomber la Lame," or "Drop the Blade," is a plea for his fellow countrymen to stop FGM.
Renata Flores, an indigenous Peruvian, is also an Internet sensation. That happened after a video of her singing a Michael Jackson hit went viral. Flores wasn't singing the song in English or Spanish. Instead, she sang it in her native tongue, Quechua.
He's sold millions of albums in Europe and is an internet star. Kanye West and Lorde have collaborated with him, and President Obama has one of his CDs. He's Belgian hip hop artist Stromae, whose Rwandan father was killed in that nation's genocide and is now trying to make it in the US.
The Cyberspace Administration of China debuted a new song celebrating what it says is the country's an achievement in innovation. This rousing anthem was written to celebrate China's recent moves to tighten its controls on the Internet — to improve it's so-called "Great Firewall".
Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz are twins and daughters of the late Cuban musician and Buena Vista Social Club member, Miguel "Anga" Diaz. The sisters are now following in their dad's footsteps and their shared Yoruba heritage. Their self-titled album is called "Ibeyi," which means "twins" in the Yoruba language.
Folk music was popular in the 1970s in Uruguay, but has been on the wane for decades. Now three singers are re-imagining it and making it cool. And they're bringing their tunes to the popular SXSW music festival.
Famed Renaissance artist Leonardo Da Vinci detailed a design for a new instrument in his Codex Altanticus. But it never moved beyond his sketchbook. Now, more than 500 years later Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has built and played the inventor's viola organista.
Hapa is a word that many people of mixed Asian/Pacific Islander and Caucasian heritage use to define themselves. It's a Hawaiian term that somehow jumped to the mainland. The World in Words digs into the roots of this word and how it came to be used today.