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Silvio Rodríguez has been playing secret free concerts in poor Cuban neighborhoods for years

Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez does pop-up concerts in poor neighborhoods throughout Cuba. But he doesn't want the media to know that.

Silvio Rodríguez has been playing secret free concerts in poor Cuban neighborhoods for years

These African and Scandinavian musicians create sweet sounds in Copenhagen

Inside Café Blå Time, which means "Blue Hour" café in Danish, a crowd gathered to watch a line-up of international musicians during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.

These African and Scandinavian musicians create sweet sounds in Copenhagen

For decades, this musician's dream was to visit the US. Now, at 86, he's doing it.

Giddes Chalamanda is a legend in Malawi. In one his biggest hits, he sings: "If I had enough money, I would go to America." It's finally happening.

For decades, this musician's dream was to visit the US. Now, at 86, he's doing it.

I wanted to be bigger than Bill Gates — but I fell in love with the blues

Aki Kumar left his home in Mumbai to work as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. But then, Kumar discovered American blues and everything changed.

I wanted to be bigger than Bill Gates — but I fell in love with the blues

It's this nation's most popular song. It also may be haunted.

The song "Gloomy Sunday" was written in 1933, in Hungary, and has been recorded by artists from Billie Holiday to Björk. Because of its subject matter, some artists have refused to record it. But a record label in Berlin asked musicians to record their versions — and the results are anything but gloomy.

It's this nation's most popular song. It also may be haunted.

Herb Alpert came to watch a bullfight. He emerged with a signature sound.

Herb Alpert plays a horn that's kinda jazzy, kinda loungey, kinda south of the border mariachi. This is the sound he made with The Tijuana Brass. And Herb Alpert's trumpet is still very much alive. He's in the midst of a two-week residency at Café Carlyle in New York.

Herb Alpert came to watch a bullfight. He emerged with a signature sound.

How Dizzy Gillespie and Dan Quayle helped this Cuban musician defect

Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval once spent three months in jail in Cuba for listening to jazz over Voice of America.

How Dizzy Gillespie and Dan Quayle helped this Cuban musician defect

Marlon Williams shows that Americana doesn't belong just to America

So, who does it belong to? "Everyone and no one, really," says the 25-year-old crooner from New Zealand.

Marlon Williams shows that Americana doesn't belong just to America

The song that helped Okinawa heal after WWII gets an Ethiopian remake

Debo Band is about as eclectic as musical fusion groups get. Well, now even more eclectic.

The song that helped Okinawa heal after WWII gets an Ethiopian remake

Old meets new with Argentine singer La Yegros, but that's only the beginning

Electro-cumbia has been around for years. But La Yegros is taking it to a new level.

Old meets new with Argentine singer La Yegros, but that's only the beginning

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