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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Listen Ry Cooder: Telling America's Story WXPN

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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