On her album Dallëndyshe, Albanian singer Elina Duni takes up folk songs once used as propaganda by the Communist regime in her home country and reimagines them as modern-day jazz. Nicolas Masson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Souad Massi performs earlier this month at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Frederique Menard-Aubin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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