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Angélique Kidjo

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April 23, 2014 – The inspirational singer from Benin has a new album dedicated to the women of Africa. WXPN


The faithful follow penitentes — lay members of a Catholic brotherhood — to Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Santa Cruz, N.M., on Holy Thursday in 2013.

Watch In New Mexico, A Brotherhood Of Ancient Hymns

April 18, 2014 – Life, death and piety are the recurring themes in the hauntingly beautiful hymns called alabados.


Cheo Feliciano at the opening of The Fania All Stars 2013 world tour in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Read Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies

April 18, 2014 – One of the most respected figures in Latin music, Feliciano was a legend in Puerto Rico and beyond.

Rodrigo y Gabriela in a scene from their new video for the song "The Russian Messenger."

Watch Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger'

April 16, 2014 – The duo's latest video is a no-frills performance showcasing their phenomenal guitar work.

Rupa and the April Fishes' latest release, Live at the Independent, was recorded in concert at a San Francisco Walk Against Rape fundraiser.

Watch The Cross-Cultural Travels Of A Singing Doctor

April 13, 2014 – When not touring the world with her band, Rupa Marya is an internist at a San Francisco hospital.


Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978

Watch A Music Of Exile: Haiti During The Duvalier Years

April 5, 2014 – The island nation's music changed dramatically, taking on aspects of psychedelia and jazz fusion.



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April 2, 2014 – The Grammy-winning band from Northern Mali performs two sparse songs from its new album, Emmaar. WXPN


Sudanese singer Alsarah.

Read Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now

March 31, 2014 – Hear smash hits and intriguing tracks from Sudan, India, Nigeria and beyond.

Sandeep Das, Shane Shanahan, Mark Suter and Joseph Gramley, percussionists in the Silk Road Ensemble, perform at ACME Studio in Brooklyn, New York, for a Field Recordings video shoot.

Watch A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings

March 26, 2014 – Four talented percussionists create deep grooves out of their Silk Road Ensemble collaboration.

Members of the Silk Road Ensemble, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, perform together at the ACME Studio in Brooklyn, New York in October 2013.

Watch Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse

March 26, 2014 – Watch the world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his close friends from all over the world in action.

Thievery Corporation's new album, Saudade, comes out April 1.

Read First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

March 23, 2014 – The electronic dance-music duo's seventh album is calm, serene, uncluttered and defiantly warm.

Yasmine Hamdan's album Ya Nass comes out March 25.

Read First Listen: Yasmine Hamdan, 'Ya Nass'

March 16, 2014 – Electro-pop by way of Lebanon that's both intimately familiar and bracingly new.


Yasmine Hamdan gained an underground following in Beirut with the electronic duo Soapkills. Her solo debut is infused with sounds from Paris, where she moved several years ago.

Read Eastern Sounds Go West

March 15, 2014 – DJ Betto Arcos listens in on a musical conversation between Europe and the Arab world.


A group of Na Nachs goof off before a wedding performance in Tel Aviv.

Watch Israel's Orthodox Ravers Are On A Holy Mission To Dance

March 14, 2014 – Na Nach is an orthodox sect of Judaism that considers having fun a spiritual duty.


Sitting around what looks like a conference table with a small group of musicians, guitarist Moacyr Luz (center) leads his samba group.

Watch In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

March 4, 2014 – In Brazil, samba isn't just the music of Carnival. Samba de rota is an act of cultural resistance.


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