Philip Cheruiyot (second from left) leans in to read the song titles on the CD booklet brought by Diane Thram. Cheruiyot's grandfather sang on Hugh Tracey's recording of "Chemirocha II." Ryan Kailath hide caption

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Pat Thomas' new album, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band, brings the West African genre of highlife into the 21st century. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anouar Brahem's new album Souvenance is a response to the Arab Spring, steeped in four years of personal reflection. Arthur Perset/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Thomas Mapfumo performs on stage during Live 8, Africa Calling, in 2005. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuareg blues and griot guitar meet virtuoso percussion on Zoy Zoy, the latest album from the Niger band Tal National. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Four Different Corners Of Africa, Four Bold New Albums

DJ Betto Arcos spins soulful songs from a prison in Malawi, dance music from Congo and more.

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In his long career, 76-year-old Uruguayan violinist Federico Britos has played with many of the top jazz artists in the U.S. and Latin America. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cambodian band Baksei Cham Krong. Mol Kamach/Courtesy of Argot Pictures hide caption

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