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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

Some prominent musicians from the Arab world have been trading notes with European artists — and DJ Betto Arcos has been paying close attention.

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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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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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