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Yo-Yo Ma, Souad Massi, Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger's soundtrack to Alfie; Ennio Morricone performed by Yo-Yo Ma; New music from Malian Rokia Traore; Trading guns for guitars: Tinariwen; Reggae's golden age with The Paragons; The 'Arabic Tracy Chapman' Souad Massi; Quirky pop aficionado Jill Sobule; Reckless, howling blues from Entrance.

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Yo-Yo Ma, Souad Massi, Mick Jagger

Blind Leading the Blind

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics wrote and performed much of the music for this soundtrack with guest appearances from Joss Stone, Jamaican rapper Nadirah "Nadz" Seid and Sheryl Crow.

Deborah's Theme from 'Once Upon a Time in America'

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma here performs versions of songs by film composer Ennio Morricone. The featured track here was originally scored for the movie, Once Upon A Time in America.


Rokia Traoré is a singer from Mali and the daughter of a diplomat. She spent her childhood travelling between Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Belgium and France, discovering a variety of musical styles that ultimately shaped her own compositions. We originally featured Rokia Traoré on All Songs Considered Episode 10.

Oualahila Ar Tesninam

The members of Tinariwen met in a rebel training camp in Libya. Some decided to trade their weapons for instruments and perform songs of political protest. Tinariwen first appeared on All Songs Considered Episode 34.

The Tide is High

You might recognize this song as a hit for Blondie in the 1980s, but the reggae group The Paragons first made it famous in the '60s. The group from Kingston, Jamaica is just one of the bands featured on this new collection of vintage reggae.

Deb (Heart Broken)

Souad Massi's music is rooted in Algerian and Andalusian traditions with touches of flamenco and Arab classical sounds. But her songs are also influenced by western folk. This is Massi's second CD. Her first, released in 2001, is titled Raoui.

Underdog Victorious

Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule dropped out of college in the '80s to work full time on her music, but found little success as she battled depression and anorexia. She eventually had a hit with "I Kissed A Girl" in 1995 and went on to have several songs appear in various films. Her music is whimsical and quirky with strong characters lost in love and frivolity.

Lonesome Road

Entrance (pronounced as both EN-trance and en-TRANCE), is the work of Guy Blakeslee, a Chicago musician who plays a soulful blend of folk-blues and kitschy rock.