The Origin of the Hip-Hop Air Horn

Born on a B-side of a Bob Marley and the Wailers record, the air horn sound has been associated with reggae and Jamaican dancehall music since the 1960s. What was once a staple of the club scene in Jamaica has now become a global hip-hop phenomenon, thanks primarily to Luis Diaz aka Cipha Sounds. The DJ was kind enough to share the story behind the massive, attention-grabbing sound. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.


In a Kenya Slum, Changing Lives with Classical Music

“Music is really powerful, both in itself and what it can do for you outside of music,” says Elisabeth Njoroge. Ghetto Classics—a music education program based in one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya—proves that every day. In 2008, Njoroge founded the program, which teaches children classical music in a place where arts opportunities are few and far between. With 600 weekly students and a full range of instruments, Ghetto Classics has created an inclusive educational space for the community. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.


The Women Taking on the Macho World of Mariachi

Mariachi is a folkloric tradition as macho as it is Mexican. Eight years ago, Mireya Ramos and Shae Fiol sought to up-end convention and founded Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York City’s first all-female mariachi band. With their bandmates Julie Acosta and Eunice Aparicio, the musicians traded in traditional mariachi skirts for homemade suits and created an empowering space for women while staying true to the music and spirit of mariachi. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.


Warpaint Interview – Meet Alternative Music’s New Hit Band

You may have heard of the girls from LA before. Now they are ready are bring their alternative pop-rock music up a notch to become the new big name in Alternative music. Learn more about them in this exclusive iHeartRadio interview. Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante mixed and mastered the band’s debut EP, Exquisite Corpse released in 2008. Current RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer performed drums and guitar on the EP in 2007. It was followed by their full-length album, The Fool, in 2010. On December 6, 2010, the BBC announced that Warpaint had been nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll[3] and they were the cover…


Five Stories Of Pioneering Musicians

Meet five musical pioneers of one kind or another. Beverly Watkins plays a mean blues guitar, and that’s putting it mildly. Over six decades of performing, the 77-year-old has opened for Ray Charles, James Brown, BB King and other legendary musicians. She’s one of the greatest female blues guitarists, and still plays local gigs in Atlanta. Keep on jamming Beverly! Whether its the face behind or the space around the music being played, these folks are fine firsts and true heroes of sound.