The Sufi tradition is infused with the beauty of art and song. Honoring singer Amjad Sabri, Omid Safi celebrates and gives thanks for the spiritual gift of the qawwali devotional.
A prayer for the poet who doesn't pray. The second in an eight-part series from a photographer and a poet exploring the sacred in the mundane.
The power of song on the radio connects three worlds to one woman, ushering her into the eternal present by conjuring up memories of the past.
Join us for communal singing as we learn from choral director and conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu as talks more about the unbeatable joy of singing together. Tesfa will also lead us in the art of communal music-making. If a gun-shy singer like me will attend, you have no reason to be scared.
Wrapping up this week with a picturesque mountain scene, moving music from a magical singer, and a map and haiku.
When Jews sing a niggun, Ethan Press writes, this wordless Jewish melody brings the singer into ecstatic union with the Divine.
Kara Holden offered this lovely Friday intermission in response to our question about the best song you’ve heard all week: Beneath us, constellations.
For the Lakota people, Cedric Good House of Standing Rock Reservation says, songs kept different memories and meanings alive. Sitting Bull sang the song above, Mr. Good House says, to remind his people of their way of living at a time when things looked most bleak — in what the history books describe as the "surrender" at Fort Buford.
During a Minnesota blizzard, Wangari Maathai left us with this song. May she rest in peace.
A Brooklyn-based musician makes peace with her father's indirect expressions of love.
Here's an improvisational exercise Bobby McFerrin shared with Krista that we'd like you to try. Listen to his easy instructions and try it. Tell us what you think.
Who doesn't love the remarkable and enduring Mavis Staples? And teaming up with Jeff Tweedy? Well, not me. Kick off your day with these two videos of them going acoustic in studio.
There are a few moments from behind the glass that stop us dead in our tracks — times during an interview when a wise voice creates a new opportunity to hear something differently. To challenge a conceit. To envelop the listener in the womb of silent storytelling and place one in a position of listening profundity.
Watch Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers sing a special song, since they say atheists don’t have any.
A must-watch performance. And, a rather heart-warming back story from the senior senator from Utah.
Music may document history as accurately as any text. Songs from Victor Jara, Mercedes Sosa, Calexico, The Clash, and Chuck Brodsky.