November 19, 2001 NPR's Renee Montagne talks with Elijah Wald. He's a musician who's spent years researching Mexican "narco-corrido" music — ballads made from combining waltzes with border music that celebrate the lifestyle of borderland drug traffickers.
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October 27, 2001 Scott talks with members of the Bang on a Can All Stars, who are hosting their 14th annual musical marathon at the Brooklyn Academy of Music tomorrow. Featured is Burmese percussionist Kyaw Kyaw Naing and his one-man drum circle.
September 30, 2001 Liane Hansen speaks with Lebanese violinist Claude Chalhoub. His debut self-titled cd, which mixes Eastern, Western and classical traditions, is on the Teldec label (Teldec 8573-83039-2).
September 21, 2001 NPR's Ivan Watson report on the music of Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour. N'Dour has been performing for over three decades, and the social commentaries in his songs continue to strike a chord with people of all age. (5:44
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August 29, 2001 The first group of artists inducted into the Latin Music Hall of fame included Carlos Jobim, Perez Prado, and Joao Gilberto.
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August 25, 2001 Taking up where African icon Fela Kuti left off, NYC-based Antibalas has found a growing audience for its dance-ready Afrobeat style, peppered with Latin and funk flavors. Listen to live cuts from their recent gig at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.
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July 24, 2001 Linda Wertheimer is joined in our performance studio by The Slackers, a ska band from New York City. The seven members are all Generation-Xers who are devoted to ska, a precursor to reggae born in 1950s Jamaica. The band gives a demonstration of the unique beat — or "off-beat" — that characterizes ska, and plays songs from the latest Slackers CD, called Wasted Days.
July 8, 2001 Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton reviews the latest new releases on CD, including Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a Parasol Records sampler and Slang.
July 6, 2001 Musician Natacha Atlas speaks French, Spanish, Arabic and English. She grew up in a Moroccan suburb of Brussels, and after she moved to England, she became known as Northampton's first Arabic rock singer. Now she has a new album called Ayeshteni. Critic Sarah Bardeen says the music is far less eclectic than you might expect. (4:00) It's on Mantra records.
May 14, 2001 Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso is known only to world music fans here, but at home he's part Dylan, part Sondheim, part Borges, part Bowie, and all superstar. His new album, "Noites do Norte," is his first since the Grammy-winning "Livro." The new record examines the cultural legacy of slavery in Brazil. NPR's Rick Karr has a profile. (7:45) Veloso's recent recordings are available in the U.S. on the Nonesuch label.
May 11, 2001 Reggae — with its island rhythms, religious roots, and frequently political messages — has held its place as a popular musical form for more than a quarter century. Today, on the 20th anniversary of Bob Marley's death, NPR's Tom Cole looks back at the history of the genre.
May 4, 2001 Host Madeleine Brand talks with Asian fusion singer, Sheila Chandra, about her latest CD This Sentence is True. Chandra experiments with the voice as an instrument and blends vocal traditions from American gospel and English folk, among other styles.
April 29, 2001 Liane speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday music director Ned Wharton about the latest crop of new releases on CD.
April 11, 2001 Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to boost national pride. But some Russians are already plenty proud-- of their homegrown pop and rock music. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Moscow on a radio station called Nasha Radio — "our radio."
April 5, 2001 David D'Arcy profiles Cristina Branco, a young Portuguese singer, who's helping revive the popularity of traditional Fado music. Fado ballads are usually sad, sung in minor keys, and accompanied by guitar. Branco says she became interested in singing Fado after hearing recordings made by Portugal's greatest Fado singer, Amalia Rodrigues. In a documentary film, Rodrigues refers to Fado as an 'eternal lament.'
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