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Yasmine Hamdan gained an underground following in Beirut with the electronic duo Soapkills. Her solo debut is infused with sounds from Paris, where she moved several years ago. Nadim Asfar/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Eastern Sounds Go West

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Israel's Orthodox Ravers Are On A Holy Mission To Dance

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In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

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Samba isn't just for the musicians who work the scene in Rio. Singer Maria Rita is from São Paulo in southern Brazil; she recorded a samba album several years ago and will release a second this spring. Tribo Productions hide caption

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The Soundtrack Of The World's Biggest Street Party

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Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies

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Hear Two Songs From Sekou Kouyate & Joe Driscoll

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Portuguese singer António Zambujo occupies a distinct place in the world of fado, a musical style better known for its female stars. Rita Carmo hide caption

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A Male Singer Shines In A Woman's World

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