Algerian and French musician Rachid Taha uses sounds from rock, hip-hop, dance and reggae to create unique dance tracks. That blend of musical cultures reflects Taha's own multinational background: born in the Gulf of Oran, he moved to France with his family as a child.
Colin Jacobsen, Performance Today's Young Artist in Residence, returns to NPR's Studio 4A for an hour of music. Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, American flutist Lance Suzuki, and cellist Eric Jacobsen — Colin's brother — join the violinist in performances of music from Jacques Ibert and Mendelssohn.
Violinist Colin Jacobsen Performs Mendelssohn, Ibert
My Morning Jacket is a five-piece rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. Their newest release, Z, is full of their trademark sound — rock with a hint of country and metal. And their new songs add a new twist, with more keyboards and electronics.
My Morning Jacket in Studio on World Cafe - 11/28/2005
Shiner, Salvage, Mahlon, Four, Baby J and the Kooky Eyed Fox — together they're the Hackensaw Boys. They perform their own brand of bluegrass, with instruments collected in their many travels. They tell Scott Simon about a new release, Love What You Do.
The Hackensaw Boys, Making Their Own Kind of Music
Trey Anastasio, the former frontman for the jam-band superstars Phish, has a new solo record out: Shine. The album is a departure for Anastasio, if only because it represents his work that came after he helped dissolve Phish, a band that had become an obsession.
In October, Finland's premier male voice choir, YL, completed a tour in Iceland and the United States. The acclaimed chorus performs works by Sibelius and Schubert in NPR's Studio 4A. Matti Hyokki conducts.
Bonnie Raitt's new record, Souls Alike, is her eighteenth album — and the first on which she is credited as a producer. The intensely personal songs reflect recent events in the nine-time Grammy winner's life.
The members of the Australian trio Fruit are well known for their extensive touring and distinctive vocal harmonies. Their latest release is the album Burn. Hear the group perform and chat with World Cafe's David Dye.
The French band Nouvelle Vague takes classic New Wave singles from the '80s and adds a Brazilian twist — courtesy of the other "new wave": bossa nova. What began as a project between producers Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux has expanded to include the efforts of eight female singers, each with their own style.
Nouvelle Vague in Studio on World Cafe - 11/21/2005