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This singer made Cuban music accessible to a Mexican audience

We remember one of the great singers of Afro-Cuban music. But he wasn't Cuban. "Melón" died on Monday in Mexico City at the age of 85.

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How ancient Egypt influenced Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire

Maurice White, founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, died Wednesday at the age of 74. The band blended soul, funk, jazz and a bit of everything else. White himself, though, was heavily influenced by the study of ancient Egypt.

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Yanni — a solution to global stress?

People in countries fraught with violence and oppression may have a secret weapon that may temporarily relieve some of that suffering. His name is Yanni.

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Astrid Hadad's cabaret of colors will stop you in your tracks

The Mexican cabaret performer Astrid Hadad describes herself in a variety of ways: Singer. Artist. Costume designer. Political provocateur. And she recently brought her act to New York City.

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The song 'Wherever I Go' has brought this DJ back to Haiti to support the arts

Record producer and DJ Michael Brun is from Port-au-Prince, but is now based in Miami. For his latest project, Brun wanted to go back to Haiti and record a song. He recorded the song with students at an arts institute and connected with a non-profit that helps raise money for the arts in Haiti.

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An expressive singer from Tuva learns to value silence — from a band in Mali

Sainkho Namtchylak is one of a kind. You can even hear in her speaking voice that buzz, that resonance that allows her body to make the sounds we in the west generically call throat singing. On her recent album, she teamed up with a Touareg rock ensemble from Mali, Tinawaren.

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Cumbia + swing = Grammy

A curious mix comes out of Bogota courtesy of Monsieur Periné. They're a gypsy swing/cumbia/dance act that makes you feel like there's a fatigue with more conventional music. The World's Marco Werman met members of the group this weekend.

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This Grammy-nominated band from Nicaragua is keeping it in the family

La Cuneta Son Machín is a band from Nicaragua composed of young musicians whose older family members were musical superstars during the Sandinista regime. They didn't want to sound old, but they wanted to use the same record producer, which has resulted in a Grammy nomination.

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It took a generational effort to record Kandia Kouyaté's new album — and it was worth it

Here's the story of how legendary Malian singer Kandia Kouyaté's new album got made. It took the dedication of two producers, Ibrahim Sylla and his daughter, Binetou.

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When Pierre Boulez, who died Tuesday, met Frank Zappa

French conductor Pierre Boulez was known for being an avant-garde composer, while Frank Zappa was firmly ensconced in the avant-garde world of rock. Together they recorded an album, "Boulez conducts Zappa." We'll hear how their collaboration maybe wasn't so unlikely.

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