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Ranchera singer Lila Downs appears on the Hecho En Mexico soundtrack.

Read First Listen: Original Soundtrack, 'Hecho En Mexico'

December 30, 2012 – The documentary film features a mix of traditional sounds and modern Mexican alternative artists.

Dancer Fogo de Deus, who is part of the Os Kuduristas project of traveling kuduro artists.

Watch 'Kuduro,' The Dance That Keeps Angola Going

December 22, 2012 – Exuberant, fast-paced electronic dance music from southwest Africa is traveling around the world.

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From left: Kathryn Montoya, Jackie Moran, Hanneke Cassel, Ryan McKasson, Sue Richards and Carolyn Surrick.

Read Ensemble Galilei Shares Essential Songs Of The Season

December 20, 2012 – The Celtic folk band shares holiday favorites from the Renaissance, Ireland, Scotland and Sweden.

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Mokoomba, a rising young band of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe

Read Top 10 World Music Albums Of 2012

December 18, 2012 – This year, a youthful strain of techno-Afropop musicians stepped into the spotlight.

The late sitarist, composer and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday at age 92.

Read 5 Essential Ravi Shankar Recordings

December 12, 2012 – Ravi Shankar was an intrepid musical explorer. Hear five of his collaborations you must know.

Ravi Shankar circa 1960 in the U.K.

Watch Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies

December 12, 2012 – The sitar master and composer worked with George Harrison, Yehudi Menuhin, Philip Glass and more.

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Malian guitarist Lobi Traore died in 2010, at just 49. His last album is called Bwati Kono.

Read Two Malian Guitar Greats, Gone But Still Wailing

December 4, 2012 – Posthumous albums from Zani Diabate and Lobi Traore capture both musicians in their creative prime.

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In subtropical Japan, the sanshin is a ubiquitous part of life.

Watch 3 Strings And A Snakeskin: Okinawa's Native Instrument

December 6, 2012 – In subtropical Japan, the simple-looking, tough-to-master sanshin is a ubiquitous part of life.

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Cover detail from the compilation Diablos Del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot, 1960-1985.

Read Argentine Funk, Mexican Pop And Puerto Rican Hip-Hop

November 25, 2012 – The hosts of NPR's Alt.Latino podcast share new favorites from the Latin music world.

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Scottish folk band Capercaillie is featured twice on Fiona Ritchie's list of essential Celtic songs.

Read The Mix: ThistleRadio's 100 Essential Celtic Songs

November 16, 2012 – Discover the 100 songs Fiona Ritchie considers the bedrock of any Celtic music collection.

Rita reimagined classic Persian songs for her latest album, My Joys.

Watch Iran To Israel And Back To Iran: Rita's Music Goes Home

November 12, 2012 – The singer's album, My Joys, has successfully crossed borders to her homeland, despite being banned.

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Radio Tanzania archivist Bruno Nanguka stands with just a few of the 15,000 reel-to-reel tapes stored in the station's archives.

Read Radio Tanzania: A Disappearing History On Tape

November 3, 2012 – A group is trying to save the station's archives, an irreplaceable document of East African history.

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Red Baraat.

Read Song Premiere: Red Baraat, 'Shruggy Ji'

October 25, 2012 – The Brooklyn nine-piece dance band's new single was inspired by D.C.'s beat-heavy go-go music.

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Cafe Tacvba members Ruben Albarran, Enrique "Quique" Rangel Arroyo, Jose Alfredo Rangel Arroyo and Emmanuel "Meme" del Real Diaz.

Listen Behind The Scenes With Cafe Tacvba

October 25, 2012 – Members of the iconic Mexican band pay a visit to Alt.Latino to discuss their terrific new album.

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Illustrated by Kristiana Parn, the booklet for Rabbit Days and Dumplings contains notes about each song and its East Asian origins, written by Elena Moon Park.

Read 'Dumplings' And Bunnies: Asian Folk Songs For Kids

October 19, 2012 – Rabbit Days and Dumplings is a collection of traditional songs from Elena Moon Park and friends.

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