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Buika's latest album, her first as both the producer and performer, is titled La Noche Más Larga.

Watch Spanish Singer Buika Awakens From Her Long Night

August 31, 2013 – The singer's first self-produced album mirrors her journey to a new stage in her career.


Scene from the Banda Magda video to the song "Ce Soir."

Watch The Perfect Late Summer Song

August 30, 2013 – See one last taste of a delicious summer day, delivered in a breezy, charming French-Brazilian tune.

Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.

Watch Sufi Mystics Get A Modern Soundtrack

August 17, 2013 – Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.


The band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino is leading the revival of an old Italian folk style called taranta, which has hypnotic rhythms meant to have restorative powers.

Read Trumpeters And Troubadours: New And Old Music From Italy

August 11, 2013 – Fresh off an Italian vacation, DJ Betto Arcos shows off some of his favorite musical finds.


Kongar-Ol Ondar at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Genghis Blues was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

Read Remembering The People's Throat Singer Of Tuva

August 9, 2013 – In a 1999 interview, Kongar-Ol Ondar demonstrates his ancient style of singing for Terry Gross.


Scene from the video.

Watch The Garifuna Collective Makes Magic On A Steamy Day

August 2, 2013 – See an inspiring new video from a group that soulfully weaves African, Amerindian and Latin sounds.

Bombino at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival

Watch Bombino, Live In Concert

July 30, 2013 – Bombino is a young, Niger-born Tuareg guitarist inspired by the wizardry of Saharan rock.


The musicians of Etran Finatawa come from the Tuareg and Wodaabe tribes, two nomadic groups who have historically been rivals.

Read In A Desert Encampment, Songs Of A Vanishing Way Of Life

July 27, 2013 – The Sahara Sessions, by the group Etran Finatawa, hinges on struggles of African nomadic tribes.


Zhang Junmin (second from right) and his band perform the Lao Qiang music special in northwest China's Shaanxi province. The character behind the stage means "drama"; Lao Qiang music used to accompany puppet plays and includes a strong storytelling component.

Read A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands

July 19, 2013 – The nation's hardscrabble northwest is home to a centuries-old musical tradition called Lao Qiang.


Seu Jorge performs on stage during a 2005 festival in Rio.

Read Beautiful Bossa Nova From Rio's Seu Jorge WXPN

July 17, 2013 – For many, the music of Seu Jorge recalls the songwriting of Tom Jobim and Caetano Veloso. WXPN


Francisca Gavilán plays the Chilean musician and visual artist Violeta Parra in the film Violeta Went to Heaven.

Watch In 'Violeta Went To Heaven,' A Folk Icon's Tempestuous Life

July 13, 2013 – A new film attempts to capture the complex story of Chilean singer and visual artist Violeta Parra.


Palsandae, a South Korean troupe, whose wild, very loud music is at times not far removed from the ecstatic free-playing of Sun Ra's Arkestra or the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Watch A Music Festival Grows In The Rainforest

July 9, 2013 – Staged spectacularly in Malaysian Borneo, the festival raises consciousness and some questions.

Michael Alpert and Ethel Raim perform as part of the An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble.

Read Yiddish Preservationists Take Their Subject To The Stage

July 6, 2013 – The An-sky Yiddish Heritage Ensemble was founded to perform century-old Yiddish folk songs.


Cheick Hamala Diabate performs a Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices.

Watch Cheick Hamala Diabate: Tiny Desk Concert

July 6, 2013 – The Malian musician and his band craft melodies and rhythms that cut across age and ethnicity.


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