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Pop juggernaut Charlie Puth's Voicenotes is one of our picks for the essential albums coming out May 11. Benjamin Lennox/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: May 11

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Thomas Mapfumo, holding a copy of a July 1984 edition of a magazine featuring his cover story. After 18 years in self-imposed exile, one of Zimbabwe's most popular and outspoken musicians, has returned home. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Thomas Mapfumo, 'Lion Of Zimbabwe,' Returns From Exile With Triumphant Homecoming

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"I think surprise is always the most important element in all music," Sting says of his and Shaggy's new album 44/876. Salvador Ochoa/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sting And Shaggy On The 'Wonderful Luxury' Of Making Reggae

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Clockwise from upper left: Dirty Projectors, Stephen Malkmus, Red Baraat, Valley Queen Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Dirty Projectors, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, More

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At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms

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'I Used To Be A Dreamer': To Change The World, Souad Massi Starts With Herself

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Lucibela's debut album is a joyful celebration of her native Cape Verde, a country grappling with historical hardships. N'Krumah Lawson Daku/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lucibela Channels The Joy Of Cape Verde On 'Laço Umbilical'

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Carlos do Carmo performs in New York for the first time at Town Hall NYC on April 7, 2018 as part of Fado Festival New York. Sachyn Mital/Courtesy of Town Hall NYC hide caption

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At 78, Carlos Do Carmo, The 'Sinatra Of Fado,' Makes His New York Debut

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Hailu Mergia performs live at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA. Ashley Gellman /WXPN hide caption

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Hailu Mergia On World Cafe

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