In this new episode of Sound Tracks presented by KQED, San Francisco -- host Marco Werman and reporters Mirissa Neff, Alexis Bloom and Arun Rath fan out across the country and around the globe to tell three musical stories. The first features Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis, who sings the title track to the animated movie, "Brave," and is leading a revival of Gaelic culture in the Highlands. The second story follows African singer and human rights activist Youssou N'dour as he tries to run for president of his country, Senegal. And the third profiles jazz superstar Wynton Marsalis on the road in Chicago with his orchestra, spreading the gospel of jazz to a new generation. The show closes with a "global hit" performance by Of Monsters and Men, a young band from Iceland.
STORIES FROM THIS EPISODE
Join Wynton Marsalis, jazz phenomenon and philosopher, as he brings his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Chicago to spread the gospel to music lovers of all ages.
Scottish folk singer Julie Fowlis knows music has the power to cross oceans and change minds. See how she's using her unique sound to revive the ancient language and culture from her mystical homeland.
Can a music icon become a country's best hope for change? When the future of democracy in Senegal is at stake, international star Youssou N'Dour steps into the political fray to find out.
Watch the next big thing from Iceland, Of Monsters and Men, perform a song from their breakthrough album, "My Head is an Animal."