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The joyful voices of Zaza Kanto

In the capital of Madagascar, an island nation where nearly 80 percent of people eke out a living on less than $2 a day, an unexpected sound emerges from the slums of the capital, Antananarivo: Zaza Kanto, an a capella group of boys, ages 11 to 16, whose joyf…

Huey Lewis talks hearing loss

Huey Lewis and the News are in the mood to celebrate, joking about their age as they prepare for the release of what is almost certainly their last album, titled “Weather.” At 69, Lewis, who has performed in bands for most of his life, had no intention of slo…

DJ Khaled, the “Quincy Jones of hip hop”

DJ Khaled has worked with some of the biggest artists in music (Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Drake), and he went on tour as Beyoncé’s opening act twice. His songs are all-star collaborations, and he’s been making hits for more than a decade. Kelefa Sanneh sits dow…

Strike up the band!

Third grader Henry Boyer, of Howell, Michigan, was so blown away by the University of Michigan marching band that he wrote a letter to them saying how he’d love to sign up someday – approximately in 2029. Their response struck a major chord in this young man’…

Gustavo Dudamel’s musical mission

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a rock star of the classical world, and he brings that star power when he meets young musicians in schools and colleges across the country. An ambassador of the sublime, he talks wi…