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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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Listen Now

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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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Johnny Clegg co-founded two important, interracial bands, and became an essential voice in South Africa. Now, he's embarking on a farewell tour after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Fiona Macpherson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A South African Superstar Says Farewell

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Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser appears on this episode of The Thistle And Shamrock. Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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The Thistle And Shamrock: The Atlantic Bridge

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Amadou And Mariam On World Cafe

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