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Ole Mathisen and Amir ElSaffar.

Watch Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space

July 3, 2013 – The trumpeter and santur player pairs the sibling spirits of jazz and Arab classical music.

Graveola celebrates its hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in the song "Babulina's Trip."

Read DJ Betto Arcos Spins The Latest From Brazil

June 23, 2013 – The world music maven brings samba, reggae and more to weekends on All Things Considered.


Buika blends flamenco with African rhythms, jazz, blues and soul.

Watch Flamenco Sensation Buika Embraces Her 'Animal' Voice

June 13, 2013 – Growing up, Buika was used to people saying her voice was ugly. But that didn't stop her.


The Creole Choir of Cuba's latest album, Santiman, has a satisfying flow from celebration to solemnity.

Read The Creole Choir Of Cuba: Reviving Caribbean History In 'Santiman'

June 10, 2013 – On its newest album, Santiman, the choir sings songs in tribute to its Haitian ancestors.


José-Luis Orozco is as much an educator as an entertainer: The singer and author is passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music.

Read Jose-Luis Orozco: Capturing Kids' Attention In Two Languages

June 7, 2013 – The Mexican singer and author is passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music.


Buika's new album, La Noche Más Larga, comes out June 4.

Read First Listen: Buika, 'La Noche Más Larga'

May 26, 2013 – The Spanish singer digs deep on an album that's a near-perfect statement of artistic purpose.

The Toronto band Kobo Town plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.

Read Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds

May 24, 2013 – The Toronto band plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.


M R Shajarian performs a Tiny Desk Concert in March 2013.

Watch Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Tiny Desk Concert

May 20, 2013 – The 73-year-old Iranian icon unleashes torrents of swooping, soaring sound that elicit goosebumps.

Los Angeles' Las Cafeteras recorded a version of the classic son jarocho song "La Bamba."

Watch Latin Roots: Son Jarocho WXPN

May 16, 2013 – Jasmine Garsd introduces a melancholy, mischievous genre from the port city of Veracruz, Mexico. WXPN


Dancer Fatou Mboup during JERI-JERI's video for "Gawlo."

Watch Jeri-Jeri Is Playing At Baaba Maal's House

May 10, 2013 – A video highlights the collaboration between Senegalese musicians and a German techno producer.

The cover image of Dur-Dur band's Volume 5.

Read A Funky-Fresh Sound From Somalia, With A Political History

May 5, 2013 – A decades-old recording by a Somali dance band has caught the attention of critics.


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.


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