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World Cafe
1:36 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Alo Brasil's Alex Shaw On The Urbanization Of Samba

Alo Brasil.
Abi Reimold WXPN

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:42 am

Based in Philadelphia, Alo Brasil synthesizes various types of samba, with the hopes of making it a style accessible to American audiences. Alex Shaw, director of Alo Brasil, recently appeared on World Cafe to discuss the exploration of samba as it became an urbanized form.

Here, Shaw takes us through the evolution of samba since the earliest version represented by Samba Chula de Sao Braz. Hear a few of Shaw's picks, including a carnival performance in Rio from 2011.

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Mountain Stage
12:49 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Aoife O'Donovan On Mountain Stage

Aoife O'Donovan.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:24 pm

Aoife O'Donovan performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.Va. O'Donovan has appeared on Mountain Stage five times previously, thanks to appearances by her groundbreaking string band Crooked Still and the folk-noir trio Sometymes Why.

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Music Reviews
12:40 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight

Sylvester's 1978 album Step II resulted in a couple of smash singles, "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)."
Fantasy Archives

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 3:29 pm

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Music
11:07 am
Tue July 16, 2013

For R&B's Ron Isley, Music Is 'Just Like Magic'

Charles L. Barnes The Courtney Barnes Group

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 1:53 pm

R&B legend Ron Isley says that he knows "right away when it's a special song, if you feel it's going to be a hit song." For more than half a century, Isley has been writing and performing some of the most iconic R&B music with the group the Isley Brothers and as a solo artist.

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All Songs Considered
9:28 am
Tue July 16, 2013

New Video From David Bowie: 'Valentine's Day'

Courtesy of the artist

The latest in a series of videos for David Bowie's album The Next Day isn't a big budget spectacle, but it is thrilling and intense. The video, for the song "Valentine's Day," places Bowie in some sort of industrial, concrete warehouse with just his guitar. But Bowie's penetrating gaze and gritty delivery turns an otherwise benign performance into a chilling scene.

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