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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.


How improving US-Cuba relations has helped this jazz musician

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:00:00 -0400

For almost two years now, Cubans, like Harold López-Nussa, have witnessed enormous changes taking place in their country. Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States have been restored. And for the younger generation, the future sure looks bright. López-Nussa has witnessed that change personally. Not only is it easier to travel, but he's been signed to a record label here in the States.(image)

Cuban musician Harold López-Nussa is pictured here, in Havana. 

Olivia Prendes

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Explaining Muslim diversity through music

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:00:00 -0400

Composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol is a Turkish-born Muslim American. He says his latest album is "Sufi-influenced contemporary jazz."(image)

Turkish-American composer and musician Mehmet Ali Sanlikol is pictured here.


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Why a tour for refugees is a 'no-brainer' for Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:45:00 -0400

Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and others are taking part in an 11-date tour that they hope will raise money and awareness about global refugee crises.(image)

Emmylou Harris is pictured with Eritrean refugees.

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Young musicians in Colombia talk about the prospects for peace

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:00:00 -0400

This Sunday, Colombians will vote on the peace agreement signed by the government and the FARC guerrillas, ending 50 years of war. At the annual music industry festival known as Bogota Music Market, young musicians there were eager to talk about the prospect of peace.(image)

The electropical hip-hop band Systema Solar takes the stage at the Bogota Music Market. 

Betto Arcos

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A song for justice and Mexico's missing Ayotzinapa 43

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:00:00 -0400

It's the second anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico. The group El Changui Majadero is based in LA and recorded a song about it for their self-titled, debut album.(image)

Pictured are members of the LA-based band Changui Majadero.

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The Ukrainian connection in DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels' new music video

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:30:00 -0400

It's much more than just a bunch of gray-suited politicians taking swings at each other. Although it's that, too.(image)

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Iron Maiden and Turkish folk music? That's what inspires this musician.

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:15:00 -0400

The island of Crete is a crossroads for migrants and refugees. It's there that musician Stelios Petrakis finds his inspiration.(image)

Stelios Petrakis backstage during stop in New York earlier this year

Marco Werman

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A musician's view of growing up in a border town

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:45:00 -0400

Adrian Quesada grew up in Laredo, Texas — minutes from Mexico. He's a bilingual musician with his Latin rock band, The Echocentrics, performing tunes in Spanish and English.(image)

Musician Adrian Quesada grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas.

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Remembering the king of Latin pop — Mexico's Juan Gabriel

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:30:00 -0400

A pop performer known for his flamboyancy on stage, prolific songwriting and bestselling tunes, Juan Gabriel died over the weekend of a heart attack. He was 66.(image)

Pop singer Juan Gabriel was not your typical Mexican macho singer. 

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Three killer tracks out of Brazil that you missed during the Olympics

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:30:00 -0400

Did the Olympics whet your appetite for Brazilian music?(image)

Born in Milwaukee, with roots in Sierra Leone, Boima has been traveling the world for years researching music across the African diaspora.

Courtesy of Boima Tucker

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