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Muthoni the Drummer Queen, aka The Bauss Lady.

Watch The Drummer Queen Who Runs Nairobi Dancefloors

January 14, 2013 – She and her plus one haul the nightlife into the day, flip-flopping languages and stalking the beat.

Read 'Global Village' Presents New Sounds From Spain

January 13, 2013 – Betto Arcos visits weekends on All Things Considered to spin some of his favorite new Spanish music.


Rapper Amkoullel had one of his songs banned by Mali's government, which controls the southern part of the country. It's even worse in the north, where militants linked to al-Qaida have outlawed virtually all music.

Read Despite Censorship, Mali's Musicians Play On

January 8, 2013 – Militants linked to al-Qaida have banned music from the northern part of the country.


Antibalas was founded in 1998 by baritone sax player Martin Perna (far right, in hat) and is fronted by singer-percussionist Amayo (center, in head wrap). The group has seen many lineup changes in its decade and a half together.

Read Antibalas: Cooking Up Afrobeat In A Sweltering Kitchen

January 6, 2013 – The band relies on two things to play well: tropical temperatures and a relaxed pace.


Emel Mathlouthi

Watch Emel Mathlouthi: Voice Of The Tunisian Revolution

January 5, 2013 – One of her songs became an anthem for protesters in her homeland during the December 2010 uprising.


Peruvian-born musician Silvana Kane.

Listen New Year, New Music: Songs From Puerto Rico, Argentina And More

January 3, 2013 – A globe-spanning mix features a stunning bolero from a Puerto Rican singer known for her rap hooks.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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