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Gregory Beyer is the artistic director of the musical ensemble Arcomusical, whose new album, MeiaMeia, is dedicated to berimbau master Naná Vasconcelos. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Unraveling The Berimbau, A Simple Instrument With A Trove Of Hidden Talents

The late Naná Vasconcelos helped put the berimbau on the world's musical map. Gregory Beyer of the group Arcomusical says Vasconcelos didn't just master the instrument, he reinvented it.

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'Soviet Daughter': How A Great-Grandmother's Diary Became A Graphic Novel

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Margaret Wise Brown is the author of beloved children's books such as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. She died suddenly at age 42, leaving behind a body of unpublished work. HarperCollins Children's Books hide caption

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'Goodnight Moon' Author Margaret Wise Brown Was No Old Lady Whispering Hush

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Gregory Beyer is the artistic director of the musical ensemble Arcomusical, whose new album, MeiaMeia, is dedicated to berimbau master Naná Vasconcelos. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Unraveling The Berimbau, A Simple Instrument With A Trove Of Hidden Talents

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