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Senegalese drum master Doudou N'Diaye Rose performing in Dakar in April 2013. Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Latitudes: The Music You Must Hear In August

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02Yacha (Peaking Lights Dub Mix)

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    Yacha (Peaking Lights Dub Mix)
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    Mean Dub EP
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    Sinkane x Peaking Lights
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    DFA Records
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    2015

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British singer and "song collector" Sam Lee. Frederic Aranda /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Hot Pants, Glitter And Alan Lomax: How A Rising Singer Found Folk Music

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To create his album Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard Bishop had to learn to love a mysterious and temperamental acoustic guitar. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Guitar In The Window: How One Instrument Steered Sir Richard Bishop's Life

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Anoushka Shankar's new album, Home, marks a return to the Indian classical music her father, Ravi Shankar, taught her. Laura Lewis / Deutsche Grammophon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Return To Ragas: Family Matters For Sitar Player Anoushka Shankar

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On her album Dallëndyshe, Albanian singer Elina Duni takes up folk songs once used as propaganda by the Communist regime in her home country and reimagines them as modern-day jazz. Nicolas Masson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs

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Sonora Ponceña, a Puerto Rican salsa band, has been active for 50 years. They're one of the bands picked by Ernesto Lechner to showcase the music known as "progressive salsa." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Latin Roots: Prog Salsa

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In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

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Philip Cheruiyot (second from left) leans in to read the song titles on the CD booklet brought by Diane Thram. Cheruiyot's grandfather sang on Hugh Tracey's recording of "Chemirocha II." Ryan Kailath hide caption

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In A Kenyan Village, A 65-Year-Old Recording Comes Home

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Pat Thomas' new album, Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band, brings the West African genre of highlife into the 21st century. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Back In Ghana, Pat Thomas Gives New Life To Highlife

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