Music

Yuxin Wu plays the Chinese gehu string instrument.

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument

Yuxin Wu, a second-generation gehu player at the Berklee College of Music, is on a mission to revive the Chinese string instrument with its unique vibrational sound.

Chinese musician works to revive the gehu instrument
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New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 

New Cate Blanchett film 'Tár' divides opinion among female conductors 
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
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TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'

TarantisT bandleader on protests in Iran: 'This is not protest anymore. This is a revolution'
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

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
Repair Together hosts a clean-up rave in Ivanivka, Chernihivska oblast.

Clean-up raves invite volunteers to dance and rebuild together in Ukraine

Repair Together, a volunteer group in Ukraine, helps clean up homes and villages that have been damaged by the war, while dancing to music.

Clean-up raves invite volunteers to dance and rebuild together in Ukraine
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'For the Sake of' song becomes anthem for protests in Iran

In the somber ballad, musician Shervin Hajipour sings of why Iranians are rising up in protest: “For dancing in the streets," he intones. “For my sister, for your sister, for our sisters.”

'For the Sake of' song becomes anthem for protests in Iran
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Ukrainian band Antytila on the front lines

Taras Topolia is the lead singer of the Antytila band in Ukraine. When the war started, Topolia immediately joined Ukraine's military and served on the front lines, as did some of the other band members. At the same time, Topolia continues to advocate for Ukraine through his music.

Ukrainian band Antytila on the front lines
Burna Boy performs at State Farm Arena on Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Atlanta. 

‘Afrobeats is the party’: The rise of African beats in global music

Afrobeats has soared in popularity, from Lagos to New York, and even Seoul, South Korea.

‘Afrobeats is the party’: The rise of African beats in global music
man onstage surrounded by other performers

Inclusive dance phenomenon gains exposure in Spain 

​​​​​​​Inclusive dance is an  emerging art form that’s moving people all over the world. Dancers in wheelchairs, on crutches, or have no obvious challenges at all while professionals mix with amateurs.

Inclusive dance phenomenon gains exposure in Spain 
Famed Taiwanese singer Jay Chou performs during his concert "The Invincible" in Taipei, Taiwan

China's hit summer song takes fans back through space and time

Mandopop megastar Jay Chou has released his first album in six years, with his new song, “The Greatest Works of Art," becoming an instant hit. The music video follows an antique piano on a journey to inspire famous artists of the past.

China's hit summer song takes fans back through space and time