Classically trained composer Guo Yong says it took him years to see the value of his Buyi minority music, such as blowing on leaves to mimic birdsong. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption

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Jordi Savall has long been a major figure of early music. His new album focuses on the musical interchange between Spain and the New World. Getty Images hide caption

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African drumming legend Tony Allen appears on World Cafe. Rama hide caption

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Ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate appeared on World Cafe. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nneka and her crew performed on Jon Kertzer's show, "The Best Ambiance," on KEXP in Seattle. Jim Beckmann hide caption

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Students at the East Village School in New York City have recorded an album of world songs to raise funds for arts and language programs. Jayne Wexler via rockpaperscissors hide caption

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American guitarist Cory Wong pairs up with Peruvian singer Paloma Godoy for "Quizas Un Dia Asi," an intimate take on an Afro-Peruvian classic. Chantel Hansen hide caption

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