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Bill And Hillary Clinton Honor Maya Angelou: ‘We Are All In Her Debt’

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.17.2017 | Black Voices

President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were in Harlem, New York on Thursday to honor the legendary Dr. Maya Angelou days...

How The Grammys Gloss Over Great Indigenous Music Being Made Today

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.10.2017 | Arts

Chimes like raindrops ripple across a soundscape of vaguely spiritual chanting, made ethereal by digital remastering. The sound is inoffensive ― cal...

Michael Bublé Confirms His Son Is 'Progressing Well' From Cancer

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.03.2017 | Entertainment

Michael Bublé has never had more reason to sing “Feeling Good.” After stories started circulating that his 3-year-old son Noah was recovering fro...

Singer-Songwriter Peia Luzzi Explores The Roots Of Humanity On Her Latest Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 01.25.2017 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Though Peia Luzzi is not a mythical character from a Tolkien tale, her music feels otherworldly as she wields a voice that is both powerful and delicate.

Ellen Says Goodbye To Obama On His Last Day And Now We're Sobbing

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 01.19.2017 | Entertainment

President Barack Obama ― say that as many times as you can today before you have to put former in front of it ― was a frequent guest on talk shows...

Pink Martini Album Is Happy Hour for Progressives

Marty Lipp | Posted 11.22.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

It's been said that God created war to teach Americans geography, but the band Pink Martini has a better idea. The 15-member Portland band, formed in...

Italian Composer Ludovico Einaudi's Classical Pop Career Rises to a Crescendo

Marty Lipp | Posted 11.01.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Not unlike his music, Ludovico Einaudi's career has been unique and slowly building up in intensity. The Italian composer has straddled the world of c...

A Musical Expedition, Beyond Borders

Dan Visconti | Posted 10.28.2016 | Arts
Dan Visconti

I'll never forget the first time I crossed our American national border and what an eye-opening experience it was: a trip through Mexico and into Cent...

Haitian Folk Music Meets Hip Hop On HiFadility's New Album 'Memoirs of a Traveling Soul'

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.20.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

"I couldn't expect that my dream would be designed, given or created for me. I had to learn to create my own path outside of expectations, assumptions...

Singer Explores the Sad, Celebratory Heart of Samba

Marty Lipp | Posted 10.12.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Sometimes you find a perfect pairing of singer and songwriter. Teresa Cristina, who has been singing in Brazil for years, now seems at a breakout mome...

Myth Versus Reality Compete As Soundtrack To This Year's Rio Olympics

Marty Lipp | Posted 08.04.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Can Brazil's gauzy image as a land of beautiful beaches, nonstop carnival, supernatural soccer and women so tall and tan and young and lovely that they inspire men to poetry -- or at least to bossa nova -- survive much more reality?

Speaking With New York's Best Singer (And The World's) -- Tuelo

Salvatore Bono | Posted 06.16.2016 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Sometimes a singer just comes out of nowhere and makes you question everything you ever listened to before. When you finally hear it, you know. It is ...

The Unusual World Sound of Moken Nunga: Chapters of My Life

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

What a strange and, in musical terms, a somewhat beautiful journey the Cameroonian Moken Nunga has made. From his coastal hometown Victoria, now called Limbe, in Africa's Cameroon to Detroit, Michigan and now onto his first musical offering.

After 30 Years Topping Charts, Gipsy Kings Still Amazed By Success

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

rom busking on the streets of southern France to winning Grammys and making Buzz Lightyear swing his spaceman hips, the Gipsy Kings have had an unbelievable story - and it's been unbelievable to no one more than them.

'Pink Martini' Adjusts the Melody

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

With 'Pink Martini,' it is always an integrated fusing of the new and classic, the worldly and the world, the poignant and humorous.

The Future of Music: The Language of Diplomacy

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts
Montclair Diplomats

Through the combination of diplomacy and technology we are becoming a more integrated society. Music is the proof and leading language used to help keep us mixing and interacting with each other and each other's content.

Irish-American Band Looks Back to its Future

Marty Lipp | Posted 02.16.2017 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The story of the Irish-American group Solas is, in some ways, the story of Irish music over the past 20 years: a straddling of tradition and innovatio...

Dominican Bachata Music Gets to Carnegie Hall

Marty Lipp | Posted 01.18.2017 | Arts
Marty Lipp

When Joan Soriano left his mom, dad and 14 siblings in the Dominican countryside to take a shot at becoming a musician in the big city, even his wildest dreams could not have conjured being on the stage one day at Carnegie Hall playing his beloved bachata music.

Not Quite a Top Ten List of World Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 01.05.2017 | Arts
Marty Lipp

With the arrival of 2016, I have to once again say good-bye to musicians who bumped me up, comforted me like an old friend and occasionally introduced me to feelings I didn't know I had. Thanks to all for the wonderful moments together.

The Unifying Force of Jazz: Pangea Jazz Fest (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.31.2016 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I have been interested in the relationship of Jazz and World Music ever since I started seriously noticing the many fusions of the two, back around 1995.

Ancient Italian Music for Modern Souls

Marty Lipp | Posted 11.15.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

What does an illness stemming from an ancient superstition and its unusual treatment have to say to us today? Four recent albums from Italy try to tell us.

Tunisia's Hip Hop Artists Are More Than Symbols and Troublemakers

Youssef Ben Ismail | Posted 11.10.2016 | World
Youssef Ben Ismail

The aim of this piece is to dissuade the reader (and, who knows, maybe some of the media?) from reducing Tunisian artists to the role of trouble makers or indicators of the political climate.

Video: "A Rainy Night in Georgia (The Republic)"

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.07.2016 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The second leg of my trip to the Caucasus (first stop Azerbaijan; video to come) was the Republic of Georgia. We travelled from the Tbilisi airport ...

New Artist Reviews: Lozk

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.02.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

When sound is arranged in any number of ways, it speaks to various souls depending on its arrangement. Lozk has discovered a way to fuse the organic with the inorganic, creating waves of sound that wash through your mind like a gentle stream.

New Artist Reviews: Metabards

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.14.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Their fascinating blend of electronic music, Eastern soundscapes and trip hop creates a genre-bending sonic experience that is reminiscent of other artists yet still completely innovative.