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Monday, April 7, 2014
 Remote in geography and from the concerns of the outside world, the Maldives is an Islamic republic spread out over 200 islands in the Indian Ocean. The inhabitants developed their own rhythms and poetry over the centuries, yet Western rock found its way to the insular nation in the ’60s
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Friday, April 4, 2014
 Like many Puerto Ricans, Ani Cordero shuttled between the mainland U.S. and the Caribbean while growing up. On the prolific singer-instrumentalist’s latest project, Cordero curates a collection of socially conscious songs from 20th-century Latin America. Many writers and nations
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Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
 Blending old with new, electronic beats with acoustic instruments, has become the cookbook for many world music acts. Rafi eL claims to come by his particular recipe through nature as well as nurture. Born in Israel and raised in Los Angeles by Argentine-Jewish parents, Rafi eL straddles
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Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013
 Cool on the surface but with an undercurrent of melancholy, Paula Santoro reaches the heart of Brazilian music—at least the genres that reached the world stage in the 1960s through artists as varied as Stan Getz and Sergio Mendes. Calming yet never drowsy rhythms flow through Mar do Meu
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Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
 While studying jazz at Berklee, Tev Stevig fell in love with the music of the Eastern Mediterranean and became determined to fuse Balkan rhythms with jazz improvisation. He took up the fretless guitar, playing in the heavily down-stroked “claw hammer” style associated with old time American folk