Christine Salem, controversial singer of banned slave songs, invited local chanteuse Janiece Jaffe to join her Lotus set for a musical meeting of spirits.
Olov Johansson of the Swedish band "Väsen" speaks about the trio's special connection to Bloomington, where they'll be performing this weekend at Lotus.
Khan, a master of the sarod - a lute-like stringed instrument from India - is the IU School of Global and International Studies' first Artist in Residence.
Like its namesake, the song "Sophia" blends an international pedigree with homegrown craft.
Photographs from the 19th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in downtown Bloomington.
"Each one of these carpets has the effect of calming me. I just love to look at them. I'm sort of mesmerized by them."
Staples is a legendary performer who's received Grammy nominations in blues, gospel, folk and pop alike.