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PRI's The World: Global Hit

A daily spotlight on international musical artists and trends. Created by host Marco Werman, the Global Hit features interviews with musicians, critics and deejays around the globe.


Soul captured James Hunter's heart at a young age

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:45:00 -0500

James Hunter loves soul and he's been a fan of the genre for a long time. He admits a lot of musicians in the UK try to emulate it, but the "results are mixed at best, I suppose." Hunter tells us who his favorite soul artists and picks a couple of tracks from his new album.

UK soul singer and guitarist James Hunter just released his second album for Daptone Records. It's called "Whatever it Takes." 

Courtesy of Daptone Records 

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'There's something missing in African American music today.'

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 10:45:00 -0500

Cedric Watson is known for playing Cajun, Creole and zydeco music on his violin. He's from Lafayette, Louisiana. Watson appears on the new album by Malian guitarist Boubacar Traoré. And through that collaboration, Cedric Watson has been able to find where the music from Louisiana and Mali meet.

Cedric Watson's music shows Cajun, Creole and zydeco influences. 

Jelena Rudi

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The World's music features this week: Mosquitos and Cero39

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:45:00 -0500

We love music here at The World, and we love to share our latest favorites with you. Here are some of the artists we featured this week.

Members of the band, Mosquitos

William Coupon

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Our 14 favorite albums of 2017

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 13:00:00 -0500

There was a lot of great music released in 2017. The World host Marco Werman, director April Peavey and FutureFolk producer Brandi Fullwood all picked some of their favorite albums.

A sample of The World's favorite music picks for 2017.

April Peavey

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No 'shame' in Polish punk band's prophetic songs from the past

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:15:00 -0500

Adam Sobolewski is the drummer for Polish punk band Hańba! The band sets music to lyrics by anti-fascist poets of the 1920s and '30s. The content is eerily prophetic. For example, there's a tune about radio-controlled empty planes.

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British singer Petula Clark hits the road — maybe to a 'Downtown' near you

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500

Despite a career that goes back more than six decades, British singer Petula Clark still has it. With such a long career, one would think that hopping on a bus, traveling across the US, would be old hat by now. But Petula Clark is in the midst of her first tour of the US.

Singer Petula Clark poses in New York, Jan. 19, 2012. When "Downtown" hit the charts in 1964, Clark, already 32 and a mother of two with a successful singing career in France, was thrust into a career-changing maelstrom by a call from the Ed Sullivan show — then the top variety show on US television. 

Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

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KOKOKO! makes experimental afropop with found objects

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:45:00 -0500

The Congolese collective KOKOKO! repurposes typewriters, coffee cans, CPUs and more to create afropop-infused experimental music.

KOKOKO! makes afropop-infused experimental music that folds in the sounds of found objects from their home city, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Courtesy of Qu Junktions

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MC Afrikan Boy's 'Wot It Do?' is a call to action

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:00 -0500

MC Afrikan Boy, Olushola Ajose, returns with his latest track, "Wot it Do?" It’s a danceable, club-ready track that aims to bring people to the dance floor.

The South East London Afrogrime musician bursts with energy, with neatly woven references to childhood nursery rhymes and a range of influences within grime, early afrobeat and Nigerian juju.

Derrick Kakembo 

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Despite challenges, this Cuban rapper's American show goes on

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:15:00 -0500

Telmary Díaz is a rapper from Havana. She's doing a few gigs here in the US at the moment, but her story of getting here was not pretty. Sonic mysteries at the US embassy meant the consular officers weren't there to offer visas. She almost didn't make it

Telmary Díaz performs at Centro Cultural Bertolt Brecht in Havana, Cuba.

Hvd69/Wikimedia Commons

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The World's music features this week: Boubacar Traore, Jyotsna Srikanth, and Elkin Robinson

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:45:00 -0500

We feature a unique selection of music on The World. And we put together the highlights for you here.

Boubacar Traoré on stage, March 29, 2012, Paris, France

N’Krumah Lawson-Daku

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