Sandeep Das, Shane Shanahan, Mark Suter and Joseph Gramley, percussionists in the Silk Road Ensemble, perform at ACME Studio in Brooklyn, New York, for a Field Recordings video shoot. Mito Habe-Evans/NPR hide caption

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Yasmine Hamdan's album Ya Nass comes out March 25. Shervin Lainez /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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A group of Na Nachs goof off before a wedding performance in Tel Aviv. Marlon Bishop for NPR hide caption

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Sitting around what looks like a conference table with a small group of musicians, guitarist Moacyr Luz (center) leads his samba group. Courtesy of QK hide caption

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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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Paco de Lucia in 1982. Paco Junquera/Getty Images hide caption

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Sekou Kouyate and Joe Driscoll. Alex Munro/Courtesy of the artist 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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