Rokia Traore's new album, Ne So, comes out Feb. 12. Danny Willems/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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First Listen: Rokia Traoré, 'Né So'

The Malian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist returns with a gorgeous album focused on the idea of home.

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Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Bombino, 'Akhar Zaman (This Moment)'

The virtuoso singer-guitarist from Niger returns with a rocking "desert blues" eulogy for traditional Tuareg ways.

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All Songs Considered

Our Top Discoveries At globalFEST 2016

Highlights from New York's one-night festival of global sounds included music from Haiti's dance-clubs, Ukrainian experimental theater and Mexican cabarets.

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Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Tribu Baharú, 'Made in Tribu Baharú'

An infectious dance anthem from the current champions of champeta, the Colombian Caribbean coast's take on West African highlife and soukous.

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Eva Salina's new album is called Lema Lema: Eva Salina Sings Saban Bajramovic. Deborah Feingold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Brothers Nazaroff is five klezmer musicians from three continents, brought together by a love of the curious 1954 recording Jewish Freilach Songs. Fumie Suzuki hide caption

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Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Tokyo Black Star, 'Mitokomon'

Ennio Morricone meets William Onyeabor at Compass Point Studios in the Japanese house-music group's nostalgic, quasi-reggae electro jam.

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The members of Melodika live in a group house together in Kigali, Rwanda. Percussionist Omer Nzoyisaba is far left, with singer Christian Ninteretse third from the left. Michael May/NPR hide caption

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Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Rusangano Family, 'Heathrow'

African-Irish rap trio comes with a timely mix of immigrant emotions from a first-person perspective that's as personal as it political.

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