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Angélique Kidjo.

Read World Cafe Looks Back: World Music WXPN

March 26, 2012 – Hear from King Sunny Ade, Angélique Kidjo and Bela Fleck; plus Ry Cooder on Buena Vista Social Club. WXPN


The Los Angeles band Cambalache specializes in son jarocho, a style from Mexico's Gulf Coast.

Read Greetings From L.A.! 'Global Village' Picks Local Favorites

August 7, 2011 – Betto Arcos returns with a playlist of Los Angeles world musicians who have caught his ear.


Demonstrators Protest Against AZ Sheriff Arpaio During His Visit To CA

Watch Arizona Law Inspires Latin Protest Music

August 17, 2010 – Alt.Latino looks at the artists most vocally opposed to the controversial legislation.



Listen Exclusive Premiere: New Ry Cooder Single

June 24, 2010 – Arizona's battle over immigration has inspired a new single from venerated guitarist Ry Cooder.


San Patricio

Listen The Chieftains And Ry Cooder Tell 'San Patricio' History

March 7, 2010 – San Patricio features an unlikely pairing of traditional Irish music with Mexican music.


chieftains and cooder

Read First Listen: The Chieftains Featuring Ry Cooder

March 1, 2010 – Hear San Patricio in its entirety for the week leading up to its release.

Listen Sigur Ros, Three 6 Mafia Buzz with New Music

June 24, 2008 – Julianne Shepherd of The Fader discusses this week's new music releases.


Listen Manuel Galban's Meandering 'Mambo'

May 31, 2008 – The Cuban guitarist became known in the U.S. after playing with Buena Vista Social Club.


Listen Ry Cooder: Telling America's Story WXPN

April 9, 2007 – Cooder has spent his decades-spanning career experimenting with rootsy American music. WXPN


Listen A Dustbowl Lament from an American Chameleon

March 20, 2007 – Ry Cooder manipulates the sound of 1930s American music: minstrel folk, country ballads and blues.

Listen Cooder's 'Buddy' Revives Tales of a Bygone America

March 6, 2007 – Ry Cooder recounts hardships of the Dust Bowl migration through the tale of a "red" cat named Buddy.


Read Music's Renegade Historian in Rural America

August 16, 2006 – Lost among Ry Cooder's early works is an eclectic little under-loved gem: Boomer's Story.

Listen Director's Cuts: Grammy Time

February 5, 2006 – A look beyond the obvious choices at Grammy-nominated music you might not have heard.


Listen Ry Cooder's 'Chavez' Suite WXPN

October 3, 2005 – For more than 40 years, Ry Cooder has shown his prowess as a gifted musical jack-of-all-trades. WXPN


Listen Ry Cooder Digs Through 'Chavez Ravine'

July 5, 2005 – The musician takes up the story of the impoverished Los Angeles neighborhood of immigrants.


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