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Omar Sosa's new album, Ile, comes out March 10.
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March 1, 2015 Sosa's songs are saturated with the beauty and power of West African music dedicated to Yoruba deities. And yet an unmistakable reverence for jazz pervades every note.
April 22, 2013 Fresu's work on trumpet and flugelhorn provides a perfect foil for Sosa's introspective intersection of jazz, Afro-Cuban sounds and a chamber-music mentality. In this concert at NPR Music's offices, the duo's quietly energetic performance hangs over the crowd like a soft mist.
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KEXP is currently playing an epic track by Seattle rapper Raz called "They'll Speak."
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August 21, 2012 This month's installment of Heavy Rotation demonstrates the breadth of music played on public radio stations every day. Hip-hop, electronica, contemporary classical, Cuban jazz, blues rock — it's a truly eclectic mix. Download music from California DJs Poolside, Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and more.
Argentina's Fauna finds funguses fun.
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January 19, 2012 A legendary Peruvian cumbia band flirts with the devil, an Argentine group takes a very strange trip and Colombia's Li Saumet buries her boyfriend in the back yard.
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The Afro-Cuban jazz pianist takes a serene approach on his new CD, Calma.
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March 8, 2011 Known for his free-wheeling Afro-Cuban jazz improvisations, Sosa makes a turnaround on his new album Calma. It's a one-take, spontaneous and serene portrait of the pianist's day to day life in music.
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One of Betto Arcos' favorite new tracks is "Las Transeuntes" by Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler (above).
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March 20, 2010 The host of KPFK's world music show discusses some of his favorite tracks with Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. Among them are songs by Jorge Drexler, Omar Sosa and Lila Downs.
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April 9, 2009 The jazz pianist and longtime collaborator Childo Tomas pay a visit to NPR's Studio 4A to play music steeped in the Afro-Cuban tradition, but fueled by Sosa's teeming imagination and eclectic inspirations.
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