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. Moustapha Diallo/courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Idan Raichel (left) and Vieux Farka Toure's new collaborative album is The Tel-Aviv Session. Nitzan Treystman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vieux Farka Toure (left) and Idan Raichel, collaborating as The Toure-Raichel Collective, released The Tel-Aviv Session on March 26. Nitzan Treystman hide caption

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Calm down, Thom. The King of Limbs didn't make the cut for our 25 favorite albums of the year so far, but at least one of us still loves you. via YouTube hide caption

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The African Jazz Pioneers kick it, South Africa style. Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich; photos: Intuition Records, iStock. hide caption

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Vieux Farka Toure performs at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge. Dave Lichterman/See More Photos hide caption

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