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Stromae's Racine Carrée (Square Root) is one of NPR Music's picks for our favorite international releases of 2014.
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December 13, 2014 There is so, so much good music being made all around the world — stunningly beautiful, deeply thought-provoking and powered by great beats. Here are 10 of our top picks for 2014.
Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté from Mali.
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May 29, 2014 From feel-good anthems to the late Maya Angelou singing calypso (really!), here are five must-hear songs of the moment.
Malian singing legend Oumou Sangare performing in Essaouira, Morocco in June 2012.
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March 13, 2013 Mali is currently a country in crisis. Yet this West African country boasts one of the world's richest musical traditions, and iconic artists like Ali Farka Toure, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and Tinariwen. With help from our friends at Afropop Worldwide, we selected 100 songs that demonstrate Mali's musical breadth.
Fatoumata Diawara and some of her musical collaborators on "Voices United for Mali" at a press conference held in Bamako, Mali on Jan. 17, 2013.
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January 18, 2013 In a beautiful and powerful new song, Fatoumata Diawara, Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare and nearly 40 more top musicians from Mali join together for one purpose: to help bring peace back to their shattering country.
April 13, 2009 A few years ago, the banjo master Fleck set out to explore the birthplace of his instrument: West Africa. The results of his cross-cultural explorations are collected on a new album. He describes and performs some of his findings, with Malian kora virtuoso Diabate.
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December 29, 2008 This has been a strong year for African music, with two big trends emerging: the continuing integration of African music into the U.S. and European mainstream, as well as the ongoing unearthing of treasures from Afropop's "golden era," particularly the '70s.
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December 18, 2008 This is a list for the Age of the iPod Shuffle, as more people listen to more types of music than ever before. WNYC's John Schaefer mixes up his favorite CD picks for 2008, offering a wide-reaching smorgasbord of classical, pop, folk and world music.
December 13, 2008 It's been a great year for the quiet and the subtle: The harmonies of Fleet Foxes, the fiery gentleness of Bon Iver and the African kora of Toumani Diabate were all calming company. We all need and want different things from music at different times, and gentility won out this year.
April 15, 2008 By most accounts, Diabate is the world's greatest living player of the kora, a 21-string West African harp. Now, his new album finds the Malian master musician alone with the instrument — and defining the state of his art.
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March 12, 2008 Fresh Air's world-music critic reviews The Mande Variations, the new CD from Malian kora player Toumani Diabate. Diabate says he descends from 71 generations of griots, or traditional song-storytellers.
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