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Molotov performs at SXSW 2013.

Watch Molotov, Live In Concert

March 19, 2013 – For Mexico City's Molotov, politics and rock en Español combine in front of a crowd 10,000 strong.


Malian singing legend Oumou Sangare performing in Essaouira, Morocco in June 2012.

Read The Mali 100, Presented By Afropop Worldwide

March 13, 2013 – Read a list of 100 essential songs from the troubled but musically rich West African country.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 25, 2013.

Watch Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Tiny Desk Concert

March 11, 2013 – Watch one of the best fiddlers on the planet and a subtle guitar master work their magic.


Strict laws made it impossible for the Iranian singer Hani to pursue her dream in her home country.

Watch Exiled From Iran, A Singer Makes The Case For Beauty

February 28, 2013 – Strict laws made it impossible for the singer, Hani, to pursue her dream in her home country.


Ice musician Terje Isungset plays the ice blocks at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Read Turning A Glacier Into A Tuba: Ice Music From Norway

February 24, 2013 – Playing frozen instruments requires a sculptor for every performance and lots of improvisation.


The band noori was invited by the State Department to tour the U.S., as part of a program called Center Stage.

Watch Music's New 'Real Ambassadors'

February 22, 2013 – A State Department program brings international musicians to Main Street America.


Zuoxiao Zuzhou performing at his first concert in Beijing in two years on Jan. 18.

Read 'China's Leonard Cohen' Calls Out Political Corruption

February 18, 2013 – The eccentric singer's lyrics address food scandals, forced housing demolitions and abuses of power.


Singer-songwriter Amos Dolce on the set of the video for his song "Haiti, Haiti," which Konbit Mizik produced.

Watch Haitian Musicians Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends

February 17, 2013 – Natural disasters have wracked the tiny nation, inspiring a few survivors to speak out in song.


Sidi Touré performed live at KEXP in Seattle.

Watch Sidi Touré: Magic Music From Mali KEXP

February 16, 2013 – Watch the Bamako musician and his band perform "Maïmouna," from his latest album Koïma, on KEXP. KEXP

Tinariwen at Mali's Festival in the Desert.

Read Festival In The Desert On World Cafe WXPN

February 5, 2013 – Hear organizer Chris Nolan discuss the decision to postpone the Mali-based festival this year. WXPN


Marcos Valle in Los Angeles in 1968.

Read Reissued And Relevant, Marcos Valle's '70s Bossa Nova Returns

February 5, 2013 – Four of the Brazilian singer-songwriter's classic records are being re-released this week.


Ballake Sissoko's new album, For Peace, comes out Feb. 5.

Read First Listen: Ballake Sissoko, 'At Peace'

February 3, 2013 – The Malian kora player again works with French cellist Vincent Segal in sweet and soulful ways.

Vusi Mahlasela's new album, a live recording of his 20th-anniversary show in Johannesburg, is titled Sing to the People.

Read Two Decades On, Vusi Mahlasela Still Sings 'To The People'

January 24, 2013 – The South African singer's new recording is a live concert featuring his most powerful anthems.


Watcha Clan lead singer Sista K.

Listen It's A Trap! 7 New Songs That Will Capture You

January 24, 2013 – This week's episode of Alt.Latino is all about shining a light on unusual and stunning vocalists.


Sunny Jain (center, with drum) leads Red Baraat. The band's latest album, Shruggy Ji, came out this month.

Read Red Baraat: A Bhangra-Powered Party Starter

January 20, 2013 – Bandleader Sunny Jain discusses the group's new album and its sweaty, explosive live shows.


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