On the day of this interview, Lolo Beaubrun (right) had invited over three young musicians from a group called All Four Stars. Valentina Pasquali for NPR hide caption

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Burkina Electric performs at the Cutting Room Studios in New York City. Elena Polson/See More Photos hide caption

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In "Colón Colón," from 1971's Tamayo, Panamanian singer Lord Cobra takes a dark approach to calypso. courtesy of Soundway Records hide caption

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