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SXSW Music Festival

South X Lullaby: A-WA

Sung in gorgeous and haunting three-part harmony, it's a song about a love that hurts.

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Favorite Sessions

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 'Homeless' (Live)

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The beloved South African mbube group, now led by founder Joseph Shabalala's son, performs for KEXP.

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Favorite Sessions

Rodrigo Amarante, 'Maná' (Live)

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The Brazilian singer performs an upbeat song on a stage made of branches at Pickathon in Oregon.

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Tiny Desk

Sam Lee

The singer found his voice by finding and preserving old British, Irish and Scottish folk songs.

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Tiny Desk

Camané

A star in his native Portugal, Camané evokes melancholy with a silky baritone and elegant phrasing.

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Tiny Desk

DakhaBrakha

The Ukrainian acoustic quartet's music encompasses sounds and rhythms from around the world.

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SXSW Music Festival

Stromae, Live In Concert: SXSW 2015

Watch the international superstar perform for a legion of rhapsodic fans at our SXSW showcase.

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Tiny Desk

Bio Ritmo

The 10-piece salsa band built its career on dance floors, where it never fails to make people move.

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Tiny Desk

Rodrigo Amarante

A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist.

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Field Recordings

What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

Watch the bliss-inducing results of this commission by NPR Music.