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10 Life-Changing Festivals Around The World

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.22.2016 | Travel

Traveling isn't cheap. But some trips are worth the extra cash and the strict budgeting. If you're looking for a life-changing travel experience that gives you an intimate view of the history and character of a culture or country, consider attending one of these 10 festivals.

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Song Of Lahore: Pakistan's Musicians Affirm Their Place In A Country That Threatens To Forget Them | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.02.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- The value of one’s soul is hard to measure, but Baqir Abbas, a musician in the Pakistani city of Lahore, has it worked out for himself...

Culture Collide Comes to San Francisco

Molly Fosco | Posted 12.17.2014 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

This week the Culture Collide festival came to San Francisco for the first time. Several intimate venues in the Mission hosted 25 bands from around the world for two nights.

The Slaves of Saint-Domingue Did Not Dream, They Exploded

Ferrari Sheppard | Posted 07.14.2014 | Arts
Ferrari Sheppard

Under shady palm trees, local residents, rappers, singers and friends lounged on plastic chairs and listened to the music made in this miracle of a studio. Messiah Brown is a miracle because there is nothing like it in Léogâne.

The Faithful Shopper: Sounds of Summer

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Maybe it's the memories of summers gone by, with barbecues and our trusty stereos at our side - or the fact I know a lot of people sorting their album...

Berklee Breaks Out of Boston

Roger H. Brown | Posted 11.27.2012 | College
Roger H. Brown

A skeptic could ask, "Why open a campus in a foreign country experiencing severe economic challenges while U.S. colleges are under their own financial pressures?" But I believe that the 21st century will see a rise in the power and influence of musical ideas from other parts of the world.

What Are Some Major Differences Between the K-Pop Industry and the American Pop Industry?

Quora | Posted 10.21.2012 | Entertainment

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Christine Choi 1. Kids are trained, molded - effectively made into K-Pop Stars, and no one bats an e...

Costa Rica Turns Up The Music

Eddie Cota | Posted 07.27.2012 | Latino Voices
Eddie Cota

My Costa Rica experience reaffirmed my belief that nothing brings people closer than music. There is the perfect group out there to fit any situation. It's a matter of discovery and engaging in conversations with people that actually care.

An Exclusive Gotye Interview

Michael Martin | Posted 06.13.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Martin

Based on the success of his single "Somebody That I Used To Know," multi-instrumentalist Gotye has been gaining a great deal of momentum around the world. Not bad for a guy who didn't speak a stitch of English until the age of 6 or so.

'Radio Libya' Brings Voice Of Freedom To Libyan People

Posted 11.12.2011 | Arts

The changes resulting from recent fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi have brought music to Libyans’ ears. Libyans previously could only listen ...

Dance With The Egyptians: The Hot Music Videos of Amr Diab, Ruby, Tamer Hosny, Sherene Abdelwahab, Mohamed Attieh, Wama and Sound of Freedom

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Egyptian pop stars bring great accompaniment to the empathy we hold for our Egyptian friends as they wage their revolution, be it swift or slow.

Global Beat Fusion: The Congo to Canada

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

Konono No 1's success after their 2005 album, Congotronics, took everyone by surprise--perhaps even the musicians themselves

Does America Also Need Cultural Health Care?

Rob Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Patterson

The majors were an almost ghostly presence at SXSW 2010. The indies have now seized the day within the leading-edge music market.

Global Beat Fusion: The Romance of Tinariwen

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

I wonder if people in India that watch American Idol understand all the lyrics, or if medina dwellers in Fes, where I saw 2Pac and Biggie t-shirts constantly, comprehend the hooks they're singing.

Small Music Company Changing How Americans View World Music

Gabriel Beltrone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gabriel Beltrone

In an office nestled among garment, jewelry and perfume wholesalers a few blocks south of Herald Square in NYC, a small music production and publishing company is making waves as far away as Tehran, Iran and Freetown, Sierra Leone.