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Zinzile Majola, 27-year-old singer of Friends Band, says it felt like a window opening when Mugabe left. "It actually gave us more confidence that things would change from now on, from the way they were, from the way they used to be," Majola says. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Politics In Zimbabwe Has A New Soundtrack

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Sertanejo singer Marília Mendonça, 22, sings to a crowd of thousands at Expo Londrina, an agricultural fair in the southern Brazilian city of Londrina. Catherine Osborn for NPR hide caption

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In 'Macho' Brazil, Fast-Rising Star Marília Mendonça Is Inspiring Women To Push Back

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This weeks' episode of The Thistle & Shamrock features music by Kris Drever. Chloe Garrick /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: ThistleRadio Classic

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Iraqi-born, New Mexico-based composer and oud player Rahim Alhaj. Michael G. Stewart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stories Of Wartime, Transformed Through Music

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"Ayibobo means blessings or welcome," Paul Beaubrun explains. Hugue-Robert Marsan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Paul Beaubrun Shares His Love For Haiti In Song: 'Our Message Is Still Strong'

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Bobby McFerrin with his daughter Madison McFerrin at Monterey Jazz Festival in 2014. Craig Lovell/Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival hide caption

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Finding Foundation: How Bobby McFerrin And His Daughter Make Music A Family Affair

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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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