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The Barmer Boys of Rajasthan, India.
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June 30, 2015 This month, very old songs from India and England rub shoulders with new sounds from Madagascar and Japan — along with one emerging Hawaiian hit, courtesy of Pixar and Disney.
Philip Cheruiyot (second from left) leans in to read the song titles on the CD booklet brought by Diane Thram. Cheruiyot's grandfather sang on Hugh Tracey's recording of "Chemirocha II."
June 28, 2015 The "Chemirocha" song of the Kipsigis tribe has a curious American origin — and it's quite the time capsule. A group travels to the village to find those who first sang it.
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Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and her band.
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May 28, 2015 From a jazz-infused Spanish fandango to Afghan hip-hop and hot swing from London (by way of the Lower East Side), this month's roundup is full of surprising juxtapositions.
May 15, 2015 A major star of fado music in his native Portugal, Camané sings with a silky baritone — and the weight of the world's sadness on his shoulders.
The husband-and-wife duo Niyaz: Loga Ramin Torkian and Azam Ali.
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April 30, 2015 Hear fresh new sounds from Portugal, Finland and beyond, as well as a heartbreaking memento of a band playing recently in Kathmandu's Durbar Square, in Nepal.
April 25, 2015 An acoustic quartet from Kiev, Ukraine whose music encompasses rhythms and sounds from around the world, while remaining joyfully unique. Plus, they wear amazing hats.
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Rana Santacruz's new album, Por Ahí, comes out May 5.
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April 26, 2015 Rana Santacruz's latest, after a five-year hiatus, has music that could only come from a chilango — a Mexico City native — living in 21st-century Brooklyn.
April 1, 2015 The international superstar puts social media in the cross hairs in his latest video. Watch this thought-provoking animated short from the director of The Triplets of Belleville.
The Romanian band Taraf de Haïdouks returns, rebooted, to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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March 30, 2015 From a rebooted Romanian band to a simmering cauldron of pan-Atlantic sounds, hear five don't-miss tracks from around the globe.
Riyaaz Qawwali performed at New York's globalFEST music festival in January.
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March 22, 2015 There are plenty of musicians pouring into Austin this week for SXSW. But not all are cut from the same indie cloth. Meet Riyaaz Qawwali.
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