Buika's latest album, her first as both the producer and performer, is titled La Noche Más Larga. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is leading the revival of an old Italian folk style called taranta, which has hypnotic rhythms meant to have restorative powers. Daniela Cardone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Oud player Rachid Berkani, 76, is one of the musicians of El Gusto. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The musicians of Etran Finatawa come from the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, two nomadic groups who have historically been rivals. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Zhang Junmin (second from right) and his band perform the Lao Qiang music special in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The character behind the stage means "drama"; Lao Qiang music used to accompany puppet plays and includes a strong storytelling component. Courtesy of Wang Kuanren hide caption

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Seu Jorge performs on stage during a 2005 festival in Rio. Lionel Bonaventure/Getty Images hide caption

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Francisca Gavilán plays the Chilean musician and visual artist Violeta Parra in the film Violeta Went to Heaven. Kino Lorber, Inc. hide caption

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Palsandae, a South Korean troupe, whose wild, very loud music is at times not far removed from the ecstatic free-playing of Sun Ra's Arkestra or the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Leslie Liew/Courtesy of the photographer hide caption

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Michael Alpert and Ethel Raim perform as part of the An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble. Janina Wurbs/Courtesy of The Center for Traditional Music and Dance hide caption

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Cheick Hamala Diabate performs a Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices. NPR hide caption

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