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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 05: Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs during the opening ceremony of the 123rd IOC session on July 5, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. The annual general meeting of the members of the International Olympic Committee held in Durban will decide on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, which of the three candidate cities, Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang, will host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
NPR music critic Ann Powers joins us to talk about two new albums that look back to the past. First she shares tracks from the new album by the Little Willies called For the Good Times. This is a country band fronted by the jazz crooner Norah Jones. She often sounds subdued and sweet on her solo efforts, but for this collection of cover songs Jones lets loose. Ann Powers also reviews a two disc set called Ladysmith Black Mambazo and friends. It's a diverse collection of collaborations between the African male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo and artists like Lou Rawls, Dolly Parton, Zap Mama and Josh Groban.