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Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders

Airs Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Yana Danieko and Irina Kozlova perform a karaoke version of their megahit son...

Credit: Alexei Zaikin

Above: Yana Danieko and Irina Kozlova perform a karaoke version of their megahit song “A Man like Putin.” PBS’ "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders" travels to Moscow in search of the people behind the song’s popularity. The show reports on the best music and most interesting music stories from around the world.

Join host Marco Werman and the "Sound Tracks" reporting team as they travel deep into the heart of international music. Meet the living legacy of superstar Afrobeat creator Fela. Examine the raging popularity of Vladimir Putin's sexy propaganda song. Find out if music can help the creators of "Borat" make amends with the insulted people of Kazakhstan, and capture the mood of a cozy Portuguese bar with diva Mariza. With performances and interviews, "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders" journeys across the globe on waves of incredible sound. It’s a dazzling ride pulsating with humanity, culture and unforgettable stories.

Learn more about the music featured in this episode. Take a musical journey into the roots of Afrobeat and Fado. Listen to our theme songs and read more about the artists.

Video Excerpt: A Man Like Putin

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is treated like a rock star, with his own pop song sung by dancing girls at political rallies. Who is behind this anthem of the Putin generation and what does it say about Russian politics? "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders" reporter Alexis Bloom gets behind the beat.

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