The trombonist was a major figure in South Africa's early jazz scene, and an activist after the restrictions imposed by apartheid. In 1988 he was nominated for an Oscar for his theme to Cry Freedom.
The new live album That Which Colors the Mind, recorded in 1970 by Grateful Dead sound man Owsley Stanley, captures a riveting performance by Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain and Indranil Bhattacharya.
Mike Milosh, the voice of the R&B collective, says creativity permeates every hour of his life — so he tried to make a sacred space for it while recording his new album, Home.
In 1968, the British singer flew to the U.S. after signing with Atlantic Records. Her acclaimed recordings from this period are collected in Dusty Springfield: The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971.
The full impact of Spector's musical legacy is impossible to measure without accounting for the creative labor of singers like Darlene Love and the damage Spector's manipulations did to their careers.
Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will co-headline the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday. The day features a variety of performances from other musical artists.
Bannon and Lil Wayne were two of dozens of people granted clemency by Trump just hours before his terms comes to a close.
Downs speaks with Rachel Martin about "Dark Eyes," a song inspired by essential workers from Native American communities who are often overlooked.
Just as soon as you think you have a frame of reference for the Brooklyn band's sound, it swerves into an entirely new direction. Palberta's new album, Palberta5000, comes out Jan. 22.
In his newest work, Falling Out of Time, composer Osvaldo Golijov explores a painful subject — the death of a child. He was inspired by a unique literary work by Israeli writer David Grossman.
Pharoahe Monch's fed-up rock band performs four songs for our Tiny Desk quarantine series.
The famous — even infamous — producer, known for his "wall of sound," died Saturday. He produced records for The Ronettes, Ike and Tina Turner as well as The Beatles, among many others.
Jon Batiste was born for show business. Hear him play an intimate set in New York and on our radio show as we trace his story to his current gig as band leader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
In his new book, the globetrotting journalist and longtime NPR contributor collects some of his favorite reports from musicians and music communities around the world.
The artist speaks with Michel Martin about her acclaimed, ambitious new album and why she wanted to bring the conversations women have amongst themselves to light.