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Music Of Mali: Rokia Traore

Nov 27, 2016

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bgemCaaQkU Andy Grammer's latest single, "Fresh Eyes," is a love song — but it grew in meaning when he filmed the music video on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Over the course of the video shoot, the pop singer and his team provided haircuts, clean clothes, meals and kindness to people seeking shelter at the Union Rescue Mission in L.A. "We probably spent, I don't know, eight to 10 hours down there, just to really get to know people and share some love with them,"...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Last year, jazz bass player and composer Daniel Foose spent a month living in a dilapidated house on a former plantation in the Mississippi Delta. He wrote music for his new album there, "Of Water And Ghosts." He returned to his home in New York with a meditation on his family's history in the Delta and the legacy of slavery. Rick Karr reports. RICK KARR, BYLINE: Daniel Foose's album has its roots on a class trip...

Aretha Franklin performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Thanksgiving Day football game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings Thursday afternoon. And, as, the Queen of Soul usually does, she stole the show. Accompanying herself on piano, with an organist laying down gentle swells underneath, the Detroit native took her sweet (and how sweet!) time with the national anthem. Franklin stretched out for nearly five minutes, lingering passionately over each word. By contrast, when...

Before there was Dark Side Of The Moon — Pink Floyd 's magnum opus, which stayed on the charts for years and years and has come to define progressive rock — there were years of albums and experimentation for the band. That included ballets, film scores and even live accompaniment to the moon landing. All this material, which also includes outtakes, BBC recordings and more, has been gathered into a 27-disc box set of music and video called The Early Years 1965-1972 . Drummer Nick Mason , the...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C69E4ZufOg For the second year in a row, the annual All Things Considered Thanksgiving music chat is a multi-part conversation. Host Ari Shapiro welcomes four musicians, each of whom was named by one of his or her fellow guests as an artist to be thankful for. The chain begins with Shapiro's pick: British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula . Hear all four interviews at the audio link on this page, and read excerpts below. Laura Mvula On the song " Phenomenal...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjCw3-YTffo On Thanksgiving Day 40 years ago, some rock 'n' roll fans in California were treated to a musical feast. They were at an old ice-skating rink and music hall in San Francisco called the Winterland Ballroom, and a beloved band was saying goodbye. The name of this band? As simple as it gets: The Band . They called their 1976 farewell concert "The Last Waltz," and the star cast who wanted to share this moment with them included Eric Clapton , Neil Young ...

The first song the artist Cat Stevens released back in 1966 was titled, "I Love My Dog." He'd be the first to admit that it's a strange title, and subject, for someone nicknamed Cat. Now, 50 years later Yusuf / Cat Stevens has done a unique remake of this song; a direct-to-acetate recording at Jack White's renowned Third Man Records Blue Room . The single will also include Cat Stevens second U.K. release and first real hit, "Matthew and Son." The session came about when Jack White was asked...

OK Go 's latest (and astonishing) video, for the song "The One Moment," took only 4.2 seconds to film. But the whole thing — a series of rapid-fire explosions — was slowed down to fill the four-plus minutes it takes the band to sing the song. Remarkably, like OK Go's previous videos, the group manages to sync the whole thing using... I don't know, math? "You're right," frontman and director Damian Kulash sings, his image animated as bassist Tim Nordwind flips through a book. "There is nothing...

Bob Boilen and I, along with the rest of the NPR Music team, have been prepping for our year-end coverage by listening to hundreds of songs and albums in one big shared playlist. Along the way, we've all discovered stuff we hadn't heard before — and even fallen in love with some of it. On this week's show, Bob and I share some of the artists and albums we missed before now, from Caribbean roots music by Anthony Joseph to the Boston-based funk group Lettuce and the idiosyncratic pop of D.D...

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