Sidi Touré is a Songhai singer-songwriter from the city of Gao in northern Mali. Though he grew up in a royal family, he sings the blues elegantly and in his own native language; interestingly, Touré has said he'd never heard American blues music until after his first album was released.
Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 12:05 pm
By manyaccounts, Early Graves' Makh Daniels was a passionate, kind man, as well as a ferocious vocalist who lived for the road. That he died in a van accident a little more than two years ago while on tour with The Funeral Pyre is just a reminder that sometimes the best die young.
In the U.S., the pap smear has become a routine part of women's health care, and it's dramatically reduced cervical cancer deaths. But in Africa and other impoverished regions, few women get pap smears because the countries lack the laboratories and other resources necessary to offer them.
Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 10:42 am
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Cook's first appearance on the show took place nearly 10 years ago, and since then her star has risen slowly and steadily.
Grizzly Bear spent much of the first half of the 90-minute show on the group's latest batch of songs. Later in the set, the band dug deeper into its catalog, featuring songs such as "Knife" and "On A Neck, On A Spit" from the 2006 breakout album Yellow House.
Toward the end of the set, Grizzly Bear treated fans to one of the group's most popular songs, "Two Weeks." Signer Droste tells NPR "it's just a simple reference to taking time off from all the stresses of life and trying to save up all those vacation days."
Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 9:54 am
Grizzly Bear began in 2004 as a bedroom recording project for Massachusetts native Ed Droste. His early songs were mostly trippy, atmospheric and roughly sketched soundscapes, but by 2006, Grizzly Bear had evolved into a full band and released the slightly more polished album Yellow House. The group's 2009 breakthrough, Veckatimist, and the new Shields are both richly layered productions with gorgeous, soaring harmonies and artful melodies and rhythms.
THE MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN (11am-noon on 88.7FM locally orwww.krvs.org) runs new & recent local sounds by Brass Bed, Bas Clas, England In 1819 and Horace Trahan on today's broadcast. Also: classics from the likes of Cream, Mountain, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Dr. John, Traffic and Donovan.
At this point, there's nothing special about jazz musicians playing post-Beatles pop: It's just the new normal. But one of the trendsetters on that score was pianist Brad Mehldau and his versions of Radiohead and Nick Drake tunes. Now, Mehldau's trio has a new covers album out.
Myanmar's Member of Parliament and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is making her first visit to the U.S. in twenty years.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, also known as Burma, began a lengthy visit to the U.S. by meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday in Washington. Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who was under house arrest for 15 years, is now free to travel and has been welcomed abroad as if she were a head of state.
Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:00 pm
It's been a long time since Aung San Suu Kyi visited the U.S., but it's a homecoming nonetheless — and this time with star treatment.
Suu Kyi, the opposition leader from Myanmar, also known as Burma, lived in New York from 1969-1971, while working for the United Nations, and her eldest son, Alexander Aris, studied and settled in the U.S.