Beka Gochiashvili is a 17-year-old jazz pianist from Tblisi, Georgia, living in New York. He already plays with some of the biggest names in American jazz.
Earlier this month, César Portillo de la Luz, one of the most important composers of Cuban song died in Havana at the age of 90.
Brian Sadler plays trombone for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet Band, based out of Yokosuka, Japan. Sadler’s also a prolific composer, and now he’s written music for an animated fim that’s going viral online, “Maker vs Marker.”
Musician Anthony Joseph grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, where he began writing poetry at the age of 10. But it was only after moving to London at the age of 22 that he started setting his words to music.
Tuesday’s DJ pick was chosen for us by Mannasseh Phiri of JOY-FM in Lusaka, Zambia. The CD is called “Brothers in Bamako” and is by blues singer Eric Bibb and Malian guitarist Habib Koité.
The World’s Alex Gallafent remembers ballet dancer Frederic Franklin, who’s died in New York aged 98. Franklin got his big break in Paris, back in the 1930s. He later went on to star in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo before making his home in the United States.
For Friday’s Global Hit, we take a look at the music of Jamaican reggae singer Ken Boothe. Boothe is one of Jamaica’s great “rocksteady” stars from the 60s. His music was re-discovered by two New York City DJs from the Dig Deeper project, which tracks down forgotten musicians and brings them back to the stage.
A major Bollywood star died in Mumbai last week. During the golden age of Indian cinema, in the 1940s and 50s, Shamshad Begum was the voice of many actresses, yet was not seen on movie screens.
You drive west from Lafayette for about 20 minutes, then north for about 40. You drive through Acadia Parish and into Evangeline Parish, through fields of rice and long, shallow crawfish ponds [...]
The late Algerian singer Lili Boniche is remembered with a new collection of his songs called “Anthologie.” The World music reviewer Betto Arcos has more.
The term “Remix Culture” has come to signify the combination of old cultural materials to make brand new works. From Morocco, producer Jordan Fletcher goes on a journey with a musician who hopes to use this remix culture as a way to educate consumers and give back to struggling folk artists.
The crowd was getting a little restless by the time the Nimbaya drum and dance group stepped onto the stage for the Festival International de Louisiane [...]
Marco Werman remembers the late guitarist Bob Brozman. He was a musical bridge-builder, and truly understood the science behind why music is a universal language.
The landscapes of the central Australian region and the culture of the Aboriginal people who live there have inspired a new sound.
This month the ancient port city of Zanzibar in Tanzania, Africa, has been mourning the death of one of its great musical stars. No one knows exactly how old the singer and drummer Bi Kidude was when she died- some say over 100 – but she left a unique musical legacy which fused African and Arabic culture.