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4:15 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Cumbia: The Music That Moves Latin America

Dancers move to cumbia during a Carnival parade in Barranquilla, Colombia in Feb. 2012.
Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 10, 2013 3:19 pm

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Music Interviews
4:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

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Around the Nation
4:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

In The Heat Of The Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' Are Made

Sparks fly as Dan Hensley pours liquid iron (at 2575 degrees Farenheit) into the mold for a piano plate destined for Steinway pianos, at O.S. Kelly foundry in Springfield, Ohio.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 1:10 pm

The Steinway piano company has a new owner. This fall, the investment firm Paulson & Co. — led by billionaire John Paulson — spent about $500 million and bought all of Steinway & Sons, the venerated piano maker.

The deal includes a foundry in Springfield, Ohio, where the Steinway pianos are born in fire.

The O.S. Kelly Foundry has been making Steinway's plates since 1938. The plate is the cast-iron heart of a piano: It holds the steel wire strings with 40,000 pounds of tension, the company says. It allows vibrations to arise in a concert hall as music.

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Music Interviews
6:14 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Garland Jeffreys Applies His 'Truth Serum'

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 10:53 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WILD IN THE STREETS")

GARLAND JEFFREYS: (Singing) In the heat of the summer, better call up the plumber and turn on the...

DON GONYEA, HOST:

It has been 40 years since singer-songwriter-performer Garland Jeffreys landed on FM radio with a song that became an anthem of sorts.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WILD IN THE STREETS")

JEFFREYS: (Singing) 'Cause it's wild in the streets, wild in the streets...

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Music News
6:14 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Brazil's 91-Year-Old Leading Lady Still Shines

Actress and singer Bibí Ferreira has been performing on stage and television for more than 60 years.
Wilian Aguiar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 2:26 pm

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