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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New Cuban Sounds Rooted In Tradition From 'Global Village'

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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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Freshlyground: Polished African Pop On The Global Dance Floor

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Cafe Tacvba performs at the NPR Music 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday March 13, 2013. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Café Tacvba, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

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Guest DJ: La Vida Boheme Spins An Essential Venezuelan Soundtrack

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Bombino's new album is titled Nomad. Ron Wyman /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bombino: A Desert Rock 'Nomad' Rolls Into Nashville

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Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way. Robert Tlapu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

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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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Baba Salah: A Malian Musician Speaks To His Nation's Displaced

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Molotov, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

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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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Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Tiny Desk Concert

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Exiled From Iran, A Singer Makes The Case For Beauty

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Ice musician Terje Isungset plays the ice blocks at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Scott Suchman hide caption

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Turning A Glacier Into A Tuba: Ice Music From Norway

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