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"He was one of the greatest guitarists to ever live and will live on in eternity as the best Pandora station." -Reporter Bradley Campbell


Two standouts from @globalFEST_NYC 2014: Baloji (DR Congo and Belgium) and Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania)


Vieux Farka Touré of Mali visits The World in Boston, and performs a solo rendition of his song Ay Bakoy, the final track off his latest album Mon Pays, or “My Country.”

Video by Amanda Kowalski, Sonia Narang, and Annie Shreffler. Audio engineering by Jane Pipik.


The World’s Marco Werman interviews Vieux Farka Touré in the WGBH studios in Boston. Farka Touré talks about the meaning behind his music, and how his father, the legendary Ali Farka Touré, had no idea his son was following in his musical footsteps.


Malian singer-songwriter Vieux Farka Touré performs “Kele Magni (The War Must Stop)”


Listen to “La Paix,” or Peace, composed and performed by Mali’s Sidi Touré. This is an exclusive performance for The World recorded at the Argot Studios in New York.


Bass player Heinz Ratz is trying to draw attention to the conditions of refugee detention centers in Germany. So he’s found musician-refugees and taken them out on tour. 


“We’re all Pussy Riot now.” Across the globe, protesters respond to the guilty verdict in the Pussy Riot case.

Strawberry Fields Forever: Beatles to blame for Russia’s drug problem, says Russian drug czar Yevgeny Bryun.

Bryun said Russia’s current rampant substance abuse problems can be traced right back to the Beatles’ use of psychedelics. In an conspiracy-laden explanation, Bryun recently said that “after the Beatles traveled to ashrams in India to expand their consciousness, they introduced the idea of changing your mental condition through drugs to the populace.”

Bryun went on to say that “When business understood that you can sell it all – pleasure and things that accompany it,” that was the beginning of Russia’s drug problem.

It’s a stretch. But Russia does have “one of the world’s most seriously deteriorating drug situations,” according to Louise Shelley, director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University. More.

(Photo: The Beatles — John, Paul, Ringo and George. By United Press International/Wikipedia)


China’s Guangzhou opera house perches on a patch of grass like a spaceship that’s just touched down. (Photo from “Site and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls” by Victoria Newhouse)

In the last decade, concert hall construction has been booming. And according to architectural historian Victoria Newhouse, these buildings are changing our experience of live music in unexpected ways. She singles out two that reflect the extremes of the concert hall boom: the nearly billion-dollar opera house in Oslo, Norway (where visitors can walk on a slanted roof that leads to water) and the brand new opera house in Guangzhou, China, designed by Zaha Hadid. More.