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Roël Calister and Diamanta von Lieschdeck from Amsterdam's KiT, blending music from Curaçao with house and hip-hop, perform onstage during globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014.

Listen KiT: globalFEST 2014

January 16, 2014 – Hear the young band from Amsterdam cram Afro-Caribbean carnival music with electronic dance sounds.

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Moroccan gnawa singer and instrumentalist Hassan Hakmoun, performing live at globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on January 12, 2014.

Listen Hassan Hakmoun: globalFEST 2014

January 16, 2014 – Hear a gifted Moroccan musician as he joyfully merges African polyrhythms and soulful singing.

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Members of Romania's Fanfare Ciocarlia perform a blazing set during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 12, 2014.

Listen Fanfare Ciocarlia: globalFEST 2014

January 16, 2014 – Hear Romania's mighty, oversized brass band provide supercharged fuel for a live crowd.

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The Ukrainian "punk-folk" band DakhaBrakha brought its singular style to globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City on Jan. 12, 2014.

Watch DakhaBrakha: globalFEST 2014

January 16, 2014 – The group mixes punk-pop and traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures.

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Playing a single-stringed guitar, the Jamaican artist Brushy One String held court in the intimate Studio space at New York City's Webster Hall during globalFEST on Jan. 12, 2014.

Listen Brushy One String: globalFEST 2014

January 16, 2014 – A guitarist takes his single-stringed instrument from rural Jamaica to his New York debut.

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Vocalists Shourov Bhattacharya and Parvyn Singh from The Bombay Royale, performing live Sunday during globalFEST at Webster Hall in New York City.

Listen The Bombay Royale: globalFEST 2014

January 16, 2014 – Meet a band that crams vintage Bollywood, 1960s surf and blazing brass into a giddy new sound.

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Congolese-Belgian artist Baloji started his globalFEST set at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 12, 2014 in high fashion — but by the end, he was working hard in rolled-up shirtsleeves.

Watch Baloji: globalFEST 2014

January 16, 2014 – A Congolese-Belgian hip-hop artist pairs lilting African soukous with the swagger of American soul.

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The Gloaming releases its self-titled debut album on Jan. 20.

Read First Listen: The Gloaming, 'The Gloaming'

January 12, 2014 – Hear an astonishingly beautiful album that helps transform notions of "traditional Irish music."

Rokia Traore performs live on KCRW.

Watch Rokia Traore, 'Mama' (Live) KCRW

January 9, 2014 – Watch the revered Malian singer-songwriter perform a new, unreleased song on KCRW. KCRW

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo performs a Tiny Desk Concert in October 2013.

Watch Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert

January 4, 2014 – The musician unpacks an array of traditional Vietnamese instruments — and 1,000 years of culture.

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A master of the Brazilian bandolim, Hamilton de Holanda is determined to show the world what the instrument can do.

Watch Pushing A Tradition Forward, Bandolim In Hand

January 4, 2014 – Hamilton de Holanda is determined to show the world what the versatile Brazilian instrument can do.

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Jess Escalante (right), the 70-year-old founder of Mariachi Norteno, plays his guitarrón in a recent Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe inside St. Joseph Catholic Church in Houston. He's joined by Jose Martinez.

Watch 'Our Soul Music Is Mariachi Music': Houston's Mexican Mass

January 3, 2014 – As the Latino population surges, the sound of violins and trumpets in church will likely spread.

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Rubab master Homayoun Sakhi and legendary Afghan singer Mahwash perform together as members of the group Voices of Afghanistan.

Read After Hard Times At Home, Afghan Musicians Seek U.S. Ears

December 23, 2013 – Some of Afghanistan's top musicians have found a new home in Fremont, Calif.

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Bunji Garlin.

Watch Bunji Garlin: 'Here To Stand My Ground' For Soca Music

December 23, 2013 – In a conversation with Celeste Headlee, the popular Trinidadian artist discusses his style of music.

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Vieux Farka Touré performs live on Mountain Stage.

Listen Vieux Farka Touré On Mountain Stage

December 17, 2013 – Watch the Mali-born guitarist perform songs with his band, live on stage in West Virginia.

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