Maurice White flanked by singers Ralph Johnson (left) and Philip Bailey (right) of the band Earth, Wind & Fire perform at the Wiltern Theater December 11, 2004 in Los Angeles. Carlo Allegri/Getty Images hide caption

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The routines that students learn at Dance for PD classes in Venice, Calif., can be quite challenging, instructors say. Courtesy of Joe Lambie and Laura Karlin hide caption

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Natalie Cole performing in New York in 2015 Bobby Bank/Getty Images hide caption

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Musician David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker says Spotify streamed his songs without his permission. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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Nikia Cliff II, 6, throws paper airplanes with his Major Chords for Minors piano instructor Bruce Leaman after Cliff's lesson. "I had a lesson cancellation," Leaman explained. "So we're killing time until Nikia's older brother is done with his drum lesson." Brittney Lohmiller for NPR hide caption

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After the funeral in 2013 for popular folk music star Diomedes Diaz, fellow musicians including accordionist Andres Gil performed in homage to him. Now Colombia's Congress is considering a bill to honor Diaz. Ricardo Mazalan/AP hide caption

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"When I was in New York, I wanted to hang out with all these amazing musicians that I really admired," says nightclub D-22 owner Michael Pettis. "But I wasn't cool enough. So I figured, well, if I create a club and they all play there, then I get to hang out with them." Nelson Ching/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Mohamed Hashem, one of Saudi Arabia's best known musicians, plays the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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Doudou N'Diaye Rose was a brilliant musician and a brilliant dresser as well, with a custom-made wardrobe of vivid, billowing outfits. Above, wearing Senegal's national colors, he sets the beat at a concert in Dakar on Dec. 10, 2010. Seyllou Diallo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the Syrian band Khebez Dawle include (from left to right) Hekmat Qassar on guitar and keyboards, lead guitarist Bashar Darwish, bassist Muhammad Bazz and lead singer Anas Maghrebi. Half the band members are now in Turkey, and are strongly considering seeking asylum in Europe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The rapper V-Sita (at right) had a No. 1 hit in Kenya with the song "Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga." YouTube hide caption

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