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Refugee All Stars: From Sierra Leone To New Orleans

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Choc Quib Town In Studio On KUT

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The Thistle And Shamrock: Essential Celtic

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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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Meklit Hadero: Ethiopia Meets San Francisco

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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

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

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From Around The Globe To A Tiny Texas Timeslot

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One of Betto Arcos' favorite new tracks is "Las Transeuntes" by Uruguayan musician Jorge Drexler (above). El Universal/Getty Images hide caption

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Latin Picks From Betto Arcos Of 'Global Village'

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Jimmy Cliff performs in 2003 in Nice, France. Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Talking With Jimmy Cliff, Shepherd Of Reggae Music

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Solas performs at Folk Alley. Mark Urycki hide caption

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Solas In Studio On Folk Alley

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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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Umm Kulthum: 'The Lady' Of Cairo

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Los Amigos Invisibles: A 'Commercial' Breakthrough

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SXSW 2010 Preview

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