Tuesday's Global Hit comes from the South American country of Uruguay, where percussionist Daniel 'Tatita' Marquez is working to get his country's music better known around the globe. Reporter Betto Arcos profiles Marquez.
Canadian country-folk musician Stompin' Tom Connors , a music legend in Canada, passed away this week. He wrote hundreds of songs and sold nearly four million albums. but unlike most Canadian musicians, he wasn't interested in courting American fans.
Miguel Castillo left Chile when Augusto Pinochet seized power in Chile. Castillo lived in exile for 13 years. Now back in Santiago, he dedicates himself to music, and to a remarkable collection of arcane keyboard instruments.
A song from the 1970s has made a comeback among protestors in Portugal. "Grandola, Vila Morena" ;It's being revived by protesters, not in a fight for democracy, but to fight austerity measures from the government.
For today's Global Hit, we hear from Emmanuel Gardiner, whose family left Liberia for the United States after a coup in 1980. Among his most treasured possessions was Michael Jackson's album ?Off the Wall.?
The singer dubbed the Queen of Afro-Peruvian Soul is wrapping up a short summer tour here in the US. Eva Ayllon hasn't strayed from her musical roots. Instead she's taken her music and performed it to a sell out crowd at Carnegie Hall.
Anita Elash reports on Russell Peters, the Indian-born Canadian stand-up comic just named one of the ten highest-earning comedians in the world. His humor is not politically correct, often making fun of various ethnic groups.