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Pilani Bubu found her music community after she moved from South Africa to New Orleans. She understood that the people she met wanted to learn more about her culture back home. That’s when she started to incorporate South African music into her repertoire

South Africa’s Pilani Bubu has ‘jumped off the shoulder of giants’ to create music filled with tradition


The singer-songwriter has always straddled between the worlds of globalization and the traditions of her homeland.

Photo of a Swedish city at sunset, with lights glowing in windows and reflecting into a fjord

Should you feed child guests dinner? What #Swedengate tells us about food culture and social expectations.

A live broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking is shown on Dec. 23, 2021, from a media control room in Russia.

It’s just a ‘panic attack’ – Russian media blames US for escalating Ukraine crisis

President Lyndon B. Johnson, right, talks with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders in his White House office in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 1964.

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

Conflict & Justice
Cover art for albums of multiple artists included on The World's 2021 music playlist. Clockwise, starting from the top left image: 'Suba' by Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita; 'El Alimento' by Cimafunk; 'Deja' by Bomba Estereo; 'Seeking New Gods' by Gruff Rhys;

Dance with The World, 2021 edition: A playlist

People wade past a flooded area in Dipayal Silgadhi, Nepal.

Flooding and mudslides kill about 200 people in Nepal

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More than 200 people die from flooding in Nepal, while dozens remain missing. Also, Ethiopian government forces conduct airstrikes on the Tigray regional capital of Mekele. And, a popular Russian newspaper shuts down in Belarus after authorities arrest a member of its staff there.

The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison

The University of Liverpool new master’s makes a whole degree of Beatlemania


The Beatles degree dives into the band’s shifting perceptions over more than half a century, and how it’s affected other sectors such as tourism. Holly Tessler, the professor who founded the program, joined The World’s host Marco Werman to explain more about what the degree entails.

Enrique Kiki Valera is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer. He’s best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with eight strings grouped in sets of two.

Kiki Valera on Son cubano and how he developed a unique musical perspective


At the age of 16, Valera started to salvage radio and TV parts out of discarded electronics to build his own shortwave receiver and transmitter, connecting him to a wider world of musical trends.

Multi-generational Haitian band Lakou Mizik has a new album in collaboration with Grammy-winning electronic music artist Joseph Ray titled ‘Leave The Bones.’

Lakou Mizik’s new album highlights Haiti’s creative spirit


Hatian band Lakou Mizik’s “Leave the Bones,” in collaboration with DJ and producer Joseph Ray of Nero, mixes traditional sounds with electronic beats.

A Taliban fighter stands guard over surrendered Afghan security members forces

Taliban takes over half of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals

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The Taliban has taken over half of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals, as it continues to make gains across the country. Also, the Venezuelan government and opposition are meeting for talks in Mexico. And, President Joe Biden is sending his special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, to push for stability in Ethiopia.