August 26, 2013 Concha Buika's voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. There are obvious traces of flamenco, itself a historical mash-up of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and north Africa. Watch Buika perform in the NPR Music offices.
August 25, 2013 Tremor creates a mash-up of South American traditions and electronic music. Its new album, Proa, offers a fascinating exploration into a "digital folklorico" style that bleeps, echoes, thumps and dances.
August 21, 2013 As the host of a weekly public radio program pairing conversation and duet performances, McPartland brought many jazz greats to an audience of millions. For more than 40 years, she offered an intimate perspective on the elusive topic of improvisation.
August 8, 2013 A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
August 4, 2013 From Aterciopelados through her solo career, Echeverri continues to innovate, dazzle and surprise. The singer's perspective has shifted over the course of a career spanning more than 20 years, but her lyrics remain wise, whimsical, thought-provoking and fun.
July 29, 2013 Few had the late Fort Apache Band drummer's intuition for both jazz and Afro-Cuban musical languages. Bandleader Jerry González remembers his colleague, who toured with Mongo Santamaria, Art Blakey, Tito Puente and Max Roach, and earned a Grammy nomination for one of his own albums.
June 30, 2013 Every release by the great pianist Chucho Valdés digs deeper into the common roots of jazz and Cuban music. A tight collection of songs that span the entire Cuban musical landscape and beyond, Border-Free explores unexpected musical connections.
May 26, 2013 The Spanish singer digs deep on an album that functions as a near-perfect statement of artistic purpose. Buika's dark, husky, intriguing voice mixes the Moorish roots of flamenco with the dexterity of great jazz singers.
May 12, 2013 The band embraces the century-old traditions of Mexican music its members encountered while growing up in south Texas. But it also freshens classic sounds with an ear toward punk energy and reckless, intense power.
April 22, 2013 Fresu's work on trumpet and flugelhorn provides a perfect foil for Sosa's introspective intersection of jazz, Afro-Cuban sounds and a chamber-music mentality. In this concert at NPR Music's offices, the duo's quietly energetic performance hangs over the crowd like a soft mist.
April 20, 2013 From 1948 until 1966, the Palladium Ballroom, at the corner of 53rd and Broadway, was the city's mecca for Afro-Caribbean dance music. And for a lot of that time, Puente was one of the main attractions. A new box set compiles the Latin music legend's RCA recordings of this crucial period.
April 1, 2013 With eight accomplished musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, and a sound rooted in tango traditions, Bajofondo lays out a visual and aural feast. Watch the band perform "Duro y Parejo" to a huge crowd at Auditorium Shores, then listen to Bajofondo's complete set from SXSW.