British singer and "song collector" Sam Lee. Frederic Aranda /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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To create his album Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard Bishop had to learn to love a mysterious and temperamental acoustic guitar. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Totó La Momposina's new album, Tambolero, comes out July 31. Josh Pulman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Totó La Momposina, 'Tambolero'

Twenty-two years after La Candela Vive, the Colombian vocalist reimagines her seminal album with Tambolero.

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Anoushka Shankar's new album, Home, marks a return to the Indian classical music her father, Ravi Shankar, taught her. Laura Lewis / Deutsche Grammophon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On her album Dallëndyshe, Albanian singer Elina Duni takes up folk songs once used as propaganda by the Communist regime in her home country and reimagines them as modern-day jazz. Nicolas Masson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sonora Ponceña, a Puerto Rican salsa band, has been active for 50 years. They're one of the bands picked by Ernesto Lechner to showcase the music known as "progressive salsa." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Latin Roots: Prog Rock? How About Prog Salsa? WXPN-FM

In the '70s, jazzy experimentation extended beyond the then-burgeoning prog-rock movement.

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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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