Music

Recording the Capital: A Musical History of D.C.

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The musical history of the Washington area goes deeper than Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown. But much of the music recorded here in the 20th century, from early rock and roll to bluegrass to jazz, was forgotten about long ago. Kojo chats with Jay Bruder, the host of "The Hometown Special" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, about the recorded musical history of the nation's capital.

Femi Kuti

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.

Femi Kuti, the son of pioneering Afrobeat musician and dissident Fela Kuti, forged his own path with a band in the 80's, using music to push for change. He joins us in studio to discuss his activism through music, his father's legacy, and Africa's future.

D.C.'s Musical Ecosystem

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

How are musicians in the D.C. area finding ways to meet, rehearse and perform at a time when housing costs are skyrocketing and the number of venues is dwindling? Kojo gets a check up on the health of the area's musical ecosystem.

The Future of the Fort Reno Concert Series

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo chats with the organizer of a long-running concert series in Washington, D.C. about its uncertain future.

Ending on a High Note: NSO Players Look Back

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

This summer the National Symphony Orchestra says goodbye to seven members, who collectively made 251 years of music with the group. Kojo sits down with three retiring NSO players to talk about music, memories and moving on.

D.C. Jazz History (Rebroadcast)

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...

D.C. Jazz History

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...

Opera in the Outfield

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

For the sixth year of "Opera in the Outfield," the Washington National Opera will broadcast a live performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" on the big screen at Washington’s ball park. Kojo talks about the organization's efforts to make opera more accessible.

Beatles '64: D.C.'s Time In The Rock And Roll Spotlight

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

On Feb. 11, 1964, Washington, D.C. was thrown into the center of the musical universe when the Beatles played their first North American concert right in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Tom Paxton: A Musical Tribute To Pete Seeger

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.

Legendary singer, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger died Monday at age 94. Grammy Award-winning musician Tom Paxton joins Kojo for a musical tribute and a look at Seeger's enduring impact on American music and politics.

Rob Kapilow: Music Traditions And The Holidays (Rebroadcast)

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

"What Makes It Great" creator Rob Kapilow joins Kojo to explore how tradition shapes how composers write holiday music, and how we hear it.

Rob Kapilow: Music Traditions And The Holidays

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

"What Makes It Great" creator Rob Kapilow joins Kojo to explore how tradition shapes how composers write holiday music, and how we hear it.

Flory Jagoda And Trio Sefardi

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo explores the sounds of Sephardic music with acclaimed singer and composer Flory Jagoda and members of the early music group, Trio Sefardi.

"Woody Sez": A Musical On The Life Of Woody Guthrie

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013 at 1:23 p.m.

Woody Guthrie's folk anthems are iconic American music. We learn about a new musical, now at Theater J, that explores Guthrie's life and music.

Terry Teachout: "Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington" (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the acclaimed American composer and his unusual process of composing.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.