Strict laws made it impossible for the Iranian singer Hani to pursue her dream in her home country. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ice musician Terje Isungset plays the ice blocks at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Scott Suchman hide caption

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The band noori was invited by the State Department to tour the U.S., as part of a program called Center Stage. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Zuoxiao Zuzhou performing at his first concert in Beijing in two years on Jan. 18. Yao Lei/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Singer-songwriter Amos Dolce on the set of the video for his song "Haiti, Haiti," which Konbit Mizik produced. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tinariwen at Mali's Festival in the Desert. Alice Mutasa/Alice Mutasa Photography hide caption

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Marcos Valle in Los Angeles in 1968. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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