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11:51 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Kidjo Urges Malian Musicians To Fight Ban

Singer Angelique Kidjo of Benin performs during the opening concert for the soccer World Cup at Orlando stadium in Soweto, South Africa, June 10, 2010.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 12:17 pm

Singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo was born in Benin, West Africa. Today, she lives in New York City and is widely considered Africa's greatest living diva.

For Kidjo, music provides an outlet for both activism and pleasure. "Those two things are part of my stability," she tells NPR's Michel Martin. "I need that. No human being has endless compassion, you need to replenish yourself, and I know that if I didn't have music, I'd go crazy."

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The Record
10:41 am
Mon February 4, 2013

The Roots Of Beyonce's Super Bowl Spectacular

Beyonce performs during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 12:38 pm

One of the Twitter hashtags devised by rabid Beyonce fans before last night's Super Bowl halftime show was religious in nature: #praisebeysus. Praise Beysus! This bit of hyperventilating resonated in interesting ways. Strutting into the very center of America's biggest television spectacle, the 31-year-old superstar intended to secure her place in the musical pantheon next to recent Super Bowl-approved legends Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Prince.

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Mountain Stage
10:25 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Marty Stuart On Mountain Stage

Marty Stuart
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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First Listen
10:12 am
Mon February 4, 2013

First Listen: The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, 'The Jazz Age'

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's new album, The Jazz Age, comes out Feb. 12.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 7:09 pm

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This is just about the most surprising album in recent memory, and a complete joy. The singer for Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry has also enjoyed a long solo career, both as an interpreter of songs by others — Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, Cole Porter, Lou Reed and many more — and as an extraordinary songwriter who's released 13 solo albums, each with its own strengths.

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All Songs Considered
1:31 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

After 22 Years, Is It Worth The Wait? Listen To My Bloody Valentine's 'm b v'

My Bloody Valentine's first album in 22 years is titled m b v.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 2:22 pm

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The Record
8:28 am
Sun February 3, 2013

A Small-Time Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.
Scott Saltzman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 6:21 pm

In March, country music star Jason Aldean is playing Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 10 minutes. Fans want to hear his latest No. 1 song, "Take a Little Ride."

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Music Interviews
6:44 am
Sun February 3, 2013

For Lisa Loeb, Life Is 'No Fairy Tale,' And That's OK

Lisa Loeb's newest album is called No Fairy Tale.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 3:38 pm

In the mid-1990s, odds are you turned the radio on one time or another and heard Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)," her platinum-selling No. 1 hit song.

The singer-songwriter revisits that same decade on a new track called "The 90's," from her latest album, No Fairy Tale, her first adult album since 2004's The Way It Really Is.

Loeb tells Rachel Martin, host of Weekend Edition Sunday, that being a female singer-songwriter in the '90s was difficult.

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Music Interviews
5:32 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

At age 76, musician Kris Kristofferson is still writing songs. His new album is called Feeling Mortal.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 10:06 am

Kris Kristofferson writes the kind of songs that people love to sing: songs like "Help Me Make It Through The Night," from 1970. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version, as did Joan Baez — and even Elvis.

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Afghanistan
5:21 am
Sun February 3, 2013

From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 3:49 pm

In Afghanistan, there was no sound of music when the Taliban ruled from 1996 to 2001. The Islamist militants destroyed music CDs and instruments and even jailed musicians.

Today, there are music schools and young Afghans playing in public. And, this weekend, 48 Afghan boys and girls are traveling to the U.S. to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

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Music Interviews
4:27 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'

Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net.
Robert Ascroft Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 2, 2013 6:41 pm

The New York Times doesn't mince words when it writes, "Wayne Shorter is generally acknowledged to be jazz's greatest living composer."

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