The Miami group Tiempo Libre combines hip-hop, R&B, rock and pan-Latin sounds to create a distinctive version of Cuban party music known as timba. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Chinese and a North Korean embrace in a pledge of everlasting (political) love. From Raid on the White Tiger Regiment, 1971. Zhang Yaxin/Courtesy of the see+ Gallery, Beijing, and the Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. hide caption

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Take Me to the Dance is the latest album from Freshlyground. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Baba Salah at his home in Bamako, Mali. On his new album, Dangay, he calls attention to what he describes as human-rights violations in the north. Ed Alcock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Malian singing legend Oumou Sangare performing in Essaouira, Morocco in June 2012. Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 25, 2013. Gabriella Demczuk/NPR hide caption

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Strict laws made it impossible for the Iranian singer Hani to pursue her dream in her home country. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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