Milo Miles Milo Miles is a world-music and American-roots music critic for NPR's Fresh Air, and also a contributing writer for Rolling Stone magazine, The Village Voice and The New York Times.

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Before He Joined Congress, A South African Janitor's Disco Past

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Will The Real Llewyn Davis Please Stand Up?

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Europe Swings The Body Electric

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Sylvester's 1978 album Step II resulted in a couple of smash singles, "Dance (Disco Heat)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)." Fantasy Archives hide caption

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Sylvester: 'Mighty Real' Disco Star Deserves A Modern Spotlight

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Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War

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Yo La Tengo: Decades In And Far From Fading

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Music by guitarist Fields Ward appears in the new collection Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division hide caption

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Tunes To 'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard' To

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Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

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The Analog Players Society was assembled by a producer and percussionist in his mid-30s who calls himself Amon. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Analog Players Society: A Party Cooked Up In A Studio

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Boban i Marko Markovic: Irresistible Party Music

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Paying Tribute To San Francisco DJ Cheb I Sabbah

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A Sure-Footed Collection Of 'African Blues'

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From Dominican Roots, Bachata Is Here To Stay

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Hugh Masekela: Wedding Songs That Don't Sound Blue

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El Rego: A Singer From Benin With Soul And Funk

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