Feb 20, 2014 — Five must-hear songs, including a Belgian artist with more than 180 million YouTube views, a wry outsider's take on "sweet France" and an earworm from American Top 40 rooted in the Balkans.
Feb 8, 2014 — From wedding songs to American rock 'n' roll to the occasional James Bond theme, the joyous Balkan brass band plays at a pace that would make the Ramones burst into a sweat.
Feb 8, 2014 — António Zambujo sings fado, the style of music often called Portugal's blues — but his work owes more to João Gilberto and Chet Baker than to his contemporaries in the genre.
Feb 10, 2014 — Not even speaking each other's language, the two formed a band when they met at a European festival. Now, less than three years later, they've released an album of their music together called Faya. Hear and download two songs.
Feb 6, 2014 — Penny Penny put down his broom and picked up a mic for his 1994 debut, now reissued.
Jan 29, 2014 — Kidjo's latest album, Eve, started when she was swept into a group of singing women in Kenya. She then took her music to Benin, traveling its width and breadth and recording nine different choral groups to back up her own lead vocals.
Feb 2, 2014 — How do the premier ambassadors of Saharan soul navigate a dangerous time? With an album that sonically acknowledges a temporary home in the U.S.
Jan 19, 2014 — The power of Kidjo's unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her and the infectious, activist energy that courses through her songs all transcend any native tongue.
Jan 16, 2014 — A Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist pairs lilting African soukous with the swagger of American soul. With his electrifying stage presence and style to spare, Baloji had the globalFEST crowd wrapped around his finger.
Jan 16, 2014 — The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it's really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.