A daily spotlight on international musical artists and trends. Created by host Marco Werman, the Global Hit features interviews with musicians, critics and deejays around the globe.
The ‘strange grace’ of singer Arooj Aftab
In her latest record, “Vulture Prince,” Pakistani composer Arooj Aftab uses words from Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib and 11th-century Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī, alongside electronic samples and touches of jazz trumpet.
Femi Kuti and Made Kuti continue Afrobeat legacy in two-part album
The roots of Afrobeat — not to be confused with the more pop-oriented Afrobeats, which has exploded in popularity in recent years — is socially conscious music, according to Made Kuti, Fela Kuti's grandson.
Genesis Owusu's debut album 'Smiling With No Teeth' doesn't shy away from issues of race
Ghanaian Australian artist Genesis Owusu speaks with Marco Werman about his experience growing up in Australia and how Prince inspired him to be true to himself.
Artist Shungudzo feels an urgency to 'use her words' to fight against racism
In her music and poetry, Shungudzo tackles the racist experiences she had growing up in Zimbabwe and the US.
‘African in New York’: Shirazee's personal twist on an iconic song by Sting
With Sting's blessing, Benin-born musician Shirazee flipped his 1988 hit "Englishman in New York," to "African in New York." Host Marco Werman speaks to Shirazee about his inspiration for the song.
‘Osmanity': Ottoman Empire's founder inspires a new album
Trumpet player and ethnomusicologist Will Magid is the creative force behind the musical project Balkan Bump. He has a new album out Oct. 23 called "Osmanity."
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