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Nahnou Houm isn't Jon Balke's first Andalusian experiment: 2009's Siwan also explored traditional music from the region. Antonio Baiano for ECM Records/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'We Are Them': Jon Balke and Siwan Call For Coexistence On 'Nahnou Houm'

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Legendary trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela, who died this week, photographed during an interview on October 27, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sowetan/Getty Images hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Jupiter & Okwess, Iberi Choir, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Ava Rocha Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Our Top Discoveries From globalFEST 2018

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A banner displayed during the presidential inauguration ceremony of Emmerson Mnangagwa in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 24. Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president after Robert Mugabe's forced resignation. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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No Mundo Dos Sons, the latest album from Hermeto Pascoal and his group, is available now. Gabriel Quintão/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hermeto Pascoal's Music Reaches Far Into The Stratosphere

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Trio da Kali and Kronos Quartet's album, Ladilikan, is available now. Jay Blakesberg/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Trio Da Kali And Kronos Quartet: A Happy Marriage Of Tradition And Rule-Breaking

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Members of the band Hawa Dafi at cafe in Majdal Shams where they performed the previous night. Daniel Estrin/NPR hide caption

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On The Syrian Border, Alternative Arabic Music Brews

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Jamaican reggae singer Marcia Griffiths performed as one of Bob Marley's backing singers — and is a remarkable solo artist in her own right. Graham Wood/Getty Images hide caption

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This 2010 episode of The Thistle & Shamrock includes music by Dougie MacLean. Rob McDougall hide caption

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Singer Cesária Évora lifted Cape Verde's little-known blues, morna, beyond the island and into the international world of music. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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