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Femi Kuti.

Watch First Watch: Femi Kuti, 'The World Is Changing'

May 3, 2013 – "A groove with a message" is how the director of Femi Kuti's new video describes the song. It's apt.

Baaba Maal.

Listen Baaba Maal On Mountain Stage

May 2, 2013 – In this 1995 performance, one of Senegal's most influential artists showcases his unique sound.


The Miami group Tiempo Libre combines hip-hop, R&B, rock and pan-Latin sounds to create a distinctive version of Cuban party music known as timba.

Read New Cuban Sounds Rooted In Tradition

April 28, 2013 – Hear world music DJ Betto Arcos' picks from Cuban artists.


A Chinese and a North Korean embrace in a pledge of everlasting (political) love. From Raid on the White Tiger Regiment, 1971.

Read Amazingly Odd Operas From Revolutionary China

April 26, 2013 – Explore the extravagant, but politically dogmatic, operas of China's Cultural Revolution.

Take Me to the Dance is the latest album from Freshlyground.

Read Freshlyground: Polished African Pop On The Global Dance Floor

April 10, 2013 – Driven by Zolani Mahola's powerhouse voice, the band's new album reflects South African aspirations.


Cafe Tacvba performs at the NPR Music 2013 SXSW Showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday March 13, 2013.

Watch Café Tacvba, Live In Concert

April 6, 2013 – Watch one of Mexico's most popular bands bust out its latest dance-rock jams at Stubb's in Austin.

Venezuela's La Vida Boheme (left to right): Rafael Perez, Henry D'Arthenay, Daniel De Sousa, Sebastian Ayala.

Listen Guest DJ: La Vida Boheme Spins An Essential Venezuelan Soundtrack

April 4, 2013 – For Alt.Latino, Henry D'Arthenay highlights his country's greatest music, from salsa to punk.


Bombino's new album is titled Nomad.

Read Bombino: A Desert Rock 'Nomad' Rolls Into Nashville

April 2, 2013 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach adds sonic heft to the Tuareg guitar virtuoso's latest album.


Martin Ferres of Bajofondo performs live at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, during SXSW.

Watch Bajofondo, Live In Concert

April 1, 2013 – Watch the eight-piece band perform "Duro y Parejo" to a huge crowd at Auditorium Shores for SXSW.


Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.

Watch In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

March 30, 2013 – Following the death of her iconic father, Nkulee Dube is African reggae's newest hope.


Bombino's new album, Nomad, comes out April 2.

Read First Listen: Bombino, 'Nomad'

March 24, 2013 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach pairs up with monster Tuareg guitarist Bombino for a dream-team album.

Baba Salah at his home in Bamako, Mali. On his new album, Dangay, he calls attention to what he describes as human-rights violations in the north.

Read Baba Salah: A Malian Musician Speaks To His Nation's Displaced

March 21, 2013 – Salah plays at a club in the capital where people gather to relax and "see images other than war."


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.


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