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.
Timonthy Blais is a graduate student in physics at at McGill University in Montreal. He's also the latest You Tube sensation. His rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," with new lyrics about string theory is approaching 1 million views.
When Spanish-speaking actresses come to this country, they often spend a bundle on trying to lose their accents. But these days,a Latino accent can be an asset. Sara Loscos of Feet in Two Worlds has the story.
After more than a decade of touring and releasing a couple albums of traditional music, the Mexican roots ensemble Chéjere has found their own sound. They make music that helps people cope with the climate of despair.
IAM has been around for 25 years and sold millions of records. They're identified with their hometown of Marseille, but what's less known is that the inspiration to start the group began in New York City.
German rock star Herbert Grönemeyer is usually mobbed on the streets in his home country. This week he kicks off his first US tour and releases his first all-English language album. Grönemeyer speaks to anchor Marco Werman.
Kinan Azmeh is one of the rising stars of Syrian music. Born in Damascus, he moved to the United States to train at the Juilliard School in New York. He's now working on a doctorate in the city. But he dreams of returning to his hometown.
The title of Alexander von Mehren's new album is called "Aéropop" and that's how he defines his music as well. The Norwegian musician says it's "airy and fresh, but still accessible like pop music and there's still a depth to it."
Host Marco Werman introduces us to a song by the Cairo band Wust el Balad. It is an anthem of sorts for Egyptian youth who relate to its lyrical metaphor for their dead-end lives. "Mom, I want to get married (but I don't have any money.")
Correspondent Daniel Estrin reports on a heavy metal band Orphaned Land based in Tel Aviv whose music is providing a soundtrack for social change as young Egyptians rally for democracy across the Middle East.
The poetic tradition in North Africa has also woven its way into more modern forms of expression. One group of Libyan exiles has assembled some of the best tracks into a compilation. The World's Clark Boyd reports.
Egyptian-Anglo singer Natacha Atlas had already recorded a subversive political song. Then the uprising in Egypt gave her the chance to adapt that song. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Atlas about the new track, called "Egypt: Rise to Freedom."