In Colombia, the Petronio Alvarez festival is the big event of the summer — five days of music and food and fashion. More than a hundred thousand people travel to celebrate Afro-Colombian culture.
Born in Sweden to Iranian parents, musician Nadia Tehran uses her debut album, Dozakh: All Lovers Hell, to chronicle her heritage.
This week’s mix features drone music performed on a pipe organ, ridiculously over-the-top metal from Japan, a wild avant-pop collaboration between Nels Cline and Cibo Matto’s Yuka C. Honda and more.
If you look at it broadly, the country music scene can appear frustratingly stagnant, with little growth for women and trailblazers. But from every corner, a rising generation is making progress.
Monáe’s Dirty Computer can be found on just about every list of the best albums of 2018 — and it topped NPR’s. The songwriter, actress and self-styled media exec says it could only have happened now.