Hadero's sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene and visceral poetry. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Kronos Quartet's latest cross-cultural exploration finds the band collaborating with master musicians from Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. Jay Blakesberg. hide caption

itoggle caption Jay Blakesberg.

The Slovakian husband-and-wife band Longital flew in a long way to play SXSW 2010. Ivana Lipovska hide caption

itoggle caption Ivana Lipovska

At a moment when the Arab world was buffeted by modernity, Umm Kulthum's voice was a lodestar. courtesy of Arab Film hide caption

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Los Amigos Invisibles. Nacional Records hide caption

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