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2:56 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe's Cultural Advocate In Exile

Thomas Mapfumo performs on stage during Live 8, Africa Calling, in 2005.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 8:01 pm

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Music
1:05 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Latitudes: The Global Music You Must Hear In May

Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and her band.
Xan Padron Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 3:48 pm

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World Cafe
12:43 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Beloved by both Garrison Keillor and Jack White, Pokey LaFarge describes his own music — a mix of old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century — as timeless rather than retro.

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All Songs TV
8:50 am
Thu May 28, 2015

First Watch: Frazey Ford, 'Done'

A still from Frazey Ford's "Done."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 8:55 am

**Viewer Advisory: The above video contains profanity**

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Mountain Stage
8:37 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Red Molly On Mountain Stage

Red Molly.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Red Molly makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the grounds of West Virginia's State Capitol. Built around the buoyant three-part harmonies of Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter, Red Molly has won over audiences and critics with solid songwriting and a relentless touring schedule. Its music has spent weeks atop folk and Americana radio charts; Red Molly's latest, The Red Album, was no exception.

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Mountain Stage
8:29 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Gibson Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Gibson Brothers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Gibson Brothers appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. Since they emerged in the mid-1990s, Leigh and Eric Gibson have won nearly every award and accolade bluegrass has to offer, including back-to-back Entertainer Of The Year and Vocal Group Of The Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

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Music
7:30 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Saturday Encore! The Venice Baroque Orchestra with mandolinist Avi Avital on Performance Oklahoma

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. Touring this season across North America, Italy, Croatia, Germany and Mexico with mandolinist Avi Avital, the ensemble is also featured on a new release from Deutsche Grammophon with Mr. Avital of works by Vivaldi.

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Tiny Desk
12:28 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear: Tiny Desk Concert

Morgan McCloy NPR

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 12:48 pm

There's sweetness to Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear's music that makes me smile, and then there's so much more. I first saw the Kansas City mother-and-son duo perform last fall in Nashville's Blue Room, a small, perfect-sounding stage at Third Man Records. The bluesy roots of the music suited the space, and the sound — with young Madisen Ward's powerful, quivering voice backed by his mother Ruth — had a homespun feel.

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Songs We Love
12:03 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Songs We Love: Miles Davis Quintet, 'Gingerbread Boy' (Live At Newport)

Miles Davis poses at the side of stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
David Redfern Redferns

"Gingerbread Boy" is a fetching blues head by Jimmy Heath that became a jazz standard pretty much immediately after it was first recorded. Usually, its melody is played in call-and-response: the horns play a line, the piano or guitar replies with a specific riff, repeat.

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Music
4:18 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

A Mother-Son Folk Duo Went 'From The Kitchen To David Letterman'

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear's debut album, Skeleton Crew, is out now.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 5:54 pm

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward, haven't been playing together all that long.

"People usually assume that I was three years old, playing on the porch with my mom, with a ukulele or something," says Madisen.

In fact, the two teamed up only about six years ago.

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