Bomba Estereo performs at KEXP. Dave Lichterman/See More Photos hide caption

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Singer Manno Charlemagne once served as mayor of Port-au-Prince. hide caption

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan helped spread Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music, around the world. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Conguero Poncho Sanchez gave Frank Foster's swing classic, "Shiny Stockings," a new identity as a mambo. Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment hide caption

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On the compilation Black Man's Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti, Cumbia Moderna de Soledad covers Fela's "Shakara," and shares with it a common bloodline. courtesy of Stone's Throw Records hide caption

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Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player Manu Dibango performs the title track of Africa Boogaloo. Michael Ochs Archives/Stringer/Getty Images hide caption

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Bassekou Kouyate demonstrates his prowess on the ngoni, an African lute. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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