The city of Marseille, France’s second biggest, is home to the country’s largest Muslim population. About one in four of its residents are Muslims. Yet you’d be hard pressed to find a single proper mosque in town.
Marseille was Europe's Capital of Culture in 2013, receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from the European Union to boost the arts. Officials there say visits to museums doubled over the course of the year, though it seems many French are still afraid to go there.
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.
Thomas Marzahl profiles young French singer Soha. She was born in Marseille to Algerian immigrant parents. Now she has a multi-lingual album that reflects a range of rhythms from Cuban son and French chanson to jazz and soul.