Raef Haggag (© Akbar Sayed)

He sings about an America that is home to immigrants

For Egyptian-American musician Raef Haggag, faith and patriotism go hand in hand; his belief fueled a musical project that is bringing him renown.
Jamala singing on stage, floral pattern in background (Shutterstock)

Her song sheds light on Russian repression [video]

A Crimean Tatar’s song about the deportation of her people during World War II is drawing international attention to a new wave of repression against them.
Three musicians playing instruments in studio (Courtesy of Dosti Music Project)

Across tense borders, 10 musicians explore a new sound [video]

Ten musicians were selected to participate in the Dosti Music Project, which unites artists and sounds from India, Pakistan and the U.S.
Herbie Hancock sitting at piano (© AP Images)

International Jazz Day is upon us. Get ready to jam.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month! Join an interactive webchat and jam session with pianist Mark Meadows and vocalist Lena Seikaly on April 14.

Ukraine’s jazz festival adds indie rock, electronic music

The Ukrainian coastal resort of Zatoka will host this year’s Koktebel Jazz Festival, Ukraine’s largest open-air cultural event, from August 23 to 30.

Black America’s capital theater

If a single building could ever tell a story of the black urban experience in the U.S., it is the Howard Theatre in Washington. In...

Rhyming like a girl, Toni Blackman is a hip-hop diplomat

Toni Blackman does it all. She’s a New York hip-hop artist, educator and writer, collaborating with rabbis, bishops and imams to meld the worlds...