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Latin Roots: New Music From Cuba

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Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas joins World Cafe to discuss how the end of a cultural embargo has made music better in Cuba and beyond.

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear In June

From unlikely marriages (J-pop and metal? K-pop and hip-hop?) to a case of intoxicated ecstasy, five songs you can't miss hearing.

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Balkan Brass Band Favorites From 'Global Village'

From a mashup of funk and jazz out of Brooklyn to funky circus music from the Oaxaca Mountains, hear world-music DJ Betto Arcos' globe-spanning picks.

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Yasmine Hamdan: Tiny Desk Concert

The Lebanese singer-songwriter, one of the most groundbreaking musicians in the Middle East, plays stripped-down versions of three songs from her current album, Ya Nass.

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