November 7, 1999 The Cuban singer had retired from singing in the early 1990s, until record producers Ry Cooder, Nick Gold and Cuban bandleader Juan de Marco Gonzalez rediscovered him during the making of the 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Here, he discusses his long and eventful career in music.
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October 19, 1999 Wim Wenders' documentary about Cuban music, Buena Vista Social Club, has raised interest in the traditional son style — both in the U.S. and at home, where the film wasn't even released.
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September 18, 1999 Scott talks with Professor Carol Babiracki about a new guide to North Indian music.
July 27, 1999 Banning Eyre reviews the first international release by Malian singer Kandia Kouyate. She is a "griot" singer, entrusted with the oral history of her people. On this wide-ranging recording, Kouyate sings some traditonal material, but also shows off her powerful voice in her first departure into dance and pop music.
January 19, 1999 Banning Eyre reviews Fabrication Defect, a new CD from Brazilian singer/composer Tom Ze. Ze was part of a cultural and musical movement in the 60s in Brazil called "Tropicalia," but while others involved — like Caetano Veloso — went on to stardom, Ze drifted into obscurity. In the late 80s, David Byrne went out in search of Ze, and got him back into music. This is Ze's 2nd recording since Byrne "rediscovered" him. Eyre says Ze continues to shine as a fresh and inventive pop composer.
October 8, 1998 Host Renee Montagne talks with members of the band, Los Super Seven. The Mexican-American super group, composed of members of Los Lobos as well as Tejano singer Ruben Ramos, country-pop star Freddy Fender, and Joe Ely, came together to play the music they remember from their youth, growing up along Texas border towns. (7:08) [CD is Los Super Seven, on RCA Records] Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form .
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