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Ravi Shankar

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...Ravi Shankar was an Indian musician and composer dubbed the “godfather of world music.” He made great efforts to popularize the sitar, an Indian traditional string instrument, and Indian traditional music for Western audiences. Ravi Shankar...

Koji Kondo

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...In his myriad compositions for Nintendo video games, Koji Kondo created some of the medium’s most memorable music. Born in Nagoya in 1961, Kondo began studying the organ at age five. Prior to studying at the Osaka University of the Arts...
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...Considered the “brightest star in qawwali,” a genre of Sufi devotional music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan continued his family’s multi-century tradition of singing. Born in Punjab, Pakistan in 1948, Khan had his first public performance at age...

Cui Jian

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...Often referred to as “Old Cui” or “the Father of Chinese Rock,” Cui Jian’s career brought him into direct confrontation with the Chinese government. Cui was born in Beijing in 1961 to Korean parents; his father was a trumpet player and his...

Daler Mehndi

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...The prolific career of Daler Mehndi helped establish an Indian popular music industry outside the Bollywood system and brought bhangra dance music to the globe. Born in Bihar in 1967, Mehndi left home at fourteen to study voice, tabla...

Yoko Kanno

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...Yôko Kanno is a Japanese composer who is well known for her involvement in anime productions. It is reported that she sometimes sings her own compositions under the pseudonym “Gabriella Robin,” though she has also released albums under her...
...Without any formal training in singing, Kishore Kumar rose to the top of India’s film industry as a playback singer, actor, composer, director, and screenwriter. He was born into a wealthy family in the former British India’s Central...
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...Sophie Tucker was one of the most popular entertainers in the United States during the early twentieth century despite, or perhaps because of, her being initially deemed too unattractive and overweight for the stage. Tucker found her fame...

Noor Jehan

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...Born in Punjab, British India in 1926, the career of Noor Jehan paralleled major political developments in the region. Her parents recognized her talent and sent Jehan to study Hindustani classical and traditional music with Ustad Bade...
...During the post-World War II American occupation of Japan, soldiers brought with them a set of popular music idioms that were adopted by Japanese artists. Shizuko Kasagi, born in 1914 in Kagawa, became one of the most important artists...