Arts

Screenshot from Bahjat official lyric YouTube video "Hometown Smile."

Libyan pop star Bahjat beat the odds. Now he wants to popularize ‘A-pop.’

After civil war broke out in his country, singer-songwriter Bahjat and his family had to flee Libya. But that didn't stop him from pursuing his dreams. Bahjat now sings a blend of Arabic and English songs in a genre he calls "A-pop," or Arabic pop.

Libyan pop star Bahjat beat the odds. Now he wants to popularize ‘A-pop.’
Yuxin Wu plays the Chinese gehu string instrument.

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument
woman in auditorium

New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 

New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 
An audience watches actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol on the big screen.

This beloved Bollywood film gets a new life on Broadway

This beloved Bollywood film gets a new life on Broadway
Shakira poses for portrait photographs for "Elvis" at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube
Paula’s garden is filled with trees and plants that he considers sacred. 

‘Art is the answer to all this’: This Brazilian artist went from fighting fires to uplifting Black portraiture

Growing up in Brazil as a Black man, Dalton Paula said he missed seeing people who looked like him on movies and TV. At 40, he now creates paintings, photos and installations about Black communities. In 2021, he and his partner also turned their home into an art school called Sertão Negro, or Black Hinterland.

‘Art is the answer to all this’: This Brazilian artist went from fighting fires to uplifting Black portraiture
Exterior of the Museum of the City of New York, with a promotion for the "City of Faith" exhibition currently on display, New York, Dec. 1, 2022.

Museum exhibit highlights New York’s sacred spaces

The “City of Faith” museum exhibit looks at the New York City's religious roots and immigrant experience, with a special focus on the South Asian community after 9/11. Curator Azra Dawood tells The World what inspired her and why such a discussion is important.

Museum exhibit highlights New York’s sacred spaces
"Anastasia" screenshot of a woman looking out of a window.

She spoke out against Putin. It came at a cost.

Russian activist Anastasia Shevchenko spoke out against many injustices in her home country. In 2019, she was put under house arrest and was not even allowed to be with her sick daughter as she was dying. A new documentary, "Anastasia," follows Shevchenko as she sets out on a journey to scatter her daughter's ashes in the Black Sea.

She spoke out against Putin. It came at a cost.
A life-size replica of a slave ship graces the Marina Project in Benin.

Benin is building a theme park to remember slavery — is history up for sale?

The Marina Project in Benin could lead to a better understanding of the transatlantic slave trade. But critics say that the commodification of heritage may debase the experiences of painful pasts.

Benin is building a theme park to remember slavery — is history up for sale?
The exterior of the newly opened Dikan Center for photography in Accra, Ghana.

The new Dikan Center in Ghana displays a collection of photography from across Africa

Paul Ninson joins The World's host Marco Werman to discuss the opening of the new photography library that he created, called the Dikan Center in Accra, Ghana, to showcase work by Africans and African Americans.

The new Dikan Center in Ghana displays a collection of photography from across Africa
Joseph Arana Sanchez (center) rehearses on his guitar ahead of a benefit concert for fellow Ukrainians living in Vermont.

This Vermont couple created a home for Ukrainian refugees with a focus on children with disabilities

Theresa and Scott Cianciolo founded Agape Ministries, a Christian nonprofit that works with children and adults with developmental disabilities in Ukraine. After they stopped traveling to Ukraine due to the war, they raised money to create a home for refugees and children with disabilities in Vermont.

This Vermont couple created a home for Ukrainian refugees with a focus on children with disabilities
Album covers of some of the allbums from artists included in the end-of-year music playlist with recommendations from The World staff. Clockwise, startiing from the top left corner: Adrian Quesada's "Boleros Psicodélicos," Sillvana Estrada's "Marchita," V

A musical journey around the globe 2022, a playlist

Music is part of The World’s DNA and, as it turns out, it is something many of the show’s staff appreciate. This playlist with their recommendations will take you on a journey around the globe.

A musical journey around the globe 2022, a playlist
Carnegie Hall in New York, May 12, 2020. 

As war rages at home, Ukrainian choir heads to Carnegie Hall to celebrate 100 years of ‘Carol of the Bells’

In 1922, a Ukrainian choir sang the song “Shchedryk” at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The tune became a Christmas sensation known as “Carol of the Bells.” This Sunday, a Ukrainian choir will once again perform the famous song at Carnegie Hall. 

As war rages at home, Ukrainian choir heads to Carnegie Hall to celebrate 100 years of ‘Carol of the Bells’
Ukrainian children play at an abandoned checkpoint in Kherson, southern Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. 

‘Chervona Kalyna’: This Ukrainian song has become the symbol of freedom and resilience

When Kherson was liberated from Russian occupation earlier this month, the song “Oi u luzi chervona kalyna,” or “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow,” could be heard throughout the Ukrainian city as a song of resistance.

‘Chervona Kalyna’: This Ukrainian song has become the symbol of freedom and resilience
Jorge Drexler poses in the press room with his Grammys at the 23rd annual Latin Grammy Awards at the Mandalay Bay Michelob Ultra Arena on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. 

Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler wins big at Latin Grammy Awards

Singer and songwriter Jorge Drexler, from Uruguay, took home the most trophies at the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday.

Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler wins big at Latin Grammy Awards