World Musicians-5

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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:

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An incredible line-up of the finest musicians from Cuba and Mali including Eliades Ochoa, Bassekou Kouyate, Djelimady Tounkara, Toumani Diabata, Grupo Patria, Kasse Mady Diabate and Lassana Diabate:

Playlist of videos associated with this project:

The entire album:

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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”:

Playlist of songs from Kidjo’s album “Celia” and bonus “Gimme Shelter”:



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:


Cumbia and descarga music from Colombia recorded by Curro Fuentes and his big band in 1962-72:

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Mayra Andrade is a Cape Verdean singer who lives and records in Lisbon, Portugal. Andrade has been praised for her modern interpretation of the traditional Cape Verdean morna. Although she was born in Cuba, Andrade’s parents are both Cape Verdean, and she and her family returned to Cape Verde a few days after her birth. Andrade spent the first years of her life in Cape Verde, but because her father was a diplomat for the Cape Verdean government, she traveled extensively with her family and lived in many countries during her childhood…

***************EDITH PIAF*************

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


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Afrobeat band from Brooklyn features singer from Nigeria:


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Recomended by Neal Rosen:

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

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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.