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Areni Agbabian, an Armenian singer with a haunting voice, mixes folk with jazz music:


Instrumental group–formed by members of the Minas Gerais Symphonic Orchestra (Brazil)–plays instruments they designed and hand=built:

Here they perform their version of a composition by Erik Satie:


Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. The song begins with Carlos Varela in Havana and features over 75 Cuban musicians around the world, from Havana and Santiago to Miami, Barcelona and Tokyo. Recorded and produced with Jackson Browne, who says that “traveling with Playing For Change across Cuba was one of the most rewarding and inspiring musical experiences of my life.” Thanks to Larry Moffi for recommending this video:


French pop singer from the 50s an 60s:



Argentina’s genius composer, master of the bandoneon, and foremost exponent of tango music:

A wonderful performance of a Piazzolla composition by Classical violinist Gidon Kremer:

Another great performance of a Piazzolla work by Classical musicians, this one recommended by Linda Hess:

 


Benin native Angélique Kidjo covers Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” from her 1998 “Oremi”. The images are by Sarolta Bán:

Kidjo covers Talking Heads’ classic CD “Remain in Light”:

From Kidjo’s album “Fifa”:



Lebanese mountain singer whose voice was featured on the David Bryne-Brian Eno album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts:

 

This artist performs Afro-Peruvian music:


 

Subject of the film “La Vie en Rose” starring Marion Cotillard. Many consider Piaf to have been France’s greatest female singer:


 

Afrobeat band from Brooklyn features singer from Nigeria:


Recomended by Neal Rosen:

Cathy Jordan’s band with guest Kate Rusby. Cathy sings second:

3 Israeli sisters. Their songs mix Yemenite and Arabic traditions with splashes of reggae and hip-hop. Their Tiny Desk concert begins with “Habib Galbi” (“Love of My Heart”). The final two songs come from their recent album. The first song, “Al Asad,” is a metaphorical tale of facing down a lion in your path, while the last song “Hana Mash Hu Al Yaman,” (“Here is Not Yemen”), paints the struggles of coming to a new land, learning the language, finding work, a place to live and making it a home.