Vusi Mahlasela's new album, a live recording of his 20th-anniversary show in Johannesburg, is titled Sing to the People. Erik Forster /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Watcha Clan lead singer Sista K. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sunny Jain (center, with drum) leads Red Baraat. The band's latest album, Shruggy Ji, came out this month. Erin Patrice O'Brien/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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Barcelona-born guitarist José Luis Montón draws from classical influences, including Baroque music, in his flamenco compositions. Dániel Vass/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rapper Amkoullel had one of his songs banned by Mali's government, which controls the southern part of the country. It's even worse in the north, where militants linked to al-Qaida have outlawed virtually all music. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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