For a time, legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint was missing during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since his recovery, the songwriter has been on a mission to play and record music honoring his city — and helping it rebuild.
Brazilian group Nacao Zumbi present a modern blend of their country's musical heritage with the global sounds of funk, punk and hip-hop that are seeping into their country's popular culture. the band counts such diverse tastemakers as David Byrne, Asian Dub Foundation and Goldie as fans
James Hunter's music harkens back to the days of classic 1950s and early '60s R&B, with infectious vocal and guitar performances, clever songwriting and tight horn arrangements. His latest album, People Gonna Talk, is Hunter's first to be released in America.