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Elza Soares
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Samba icon Elza Soares playing special shows (Town Hall, Summerstage, more)

The 79 year old singer gained even more worldwide acclaim from her 2016 album. Dates include a Red Bull Music Academy event in NYC, a free show in Central Park, Primavera Sound, and more.

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Photo Credit: Sachyn Mital
Photo Credit: Sachyn Mital
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Tanya Tagaq played Lincoln Center’s ‘American Songbook Series’ (pics)

The Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer played an abstract, guttural and powerful set.

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Photo by Sachyn Mital
Photo by Sachyn Mital
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Merasi Musicians wrapping up U.S. tour this week (pics & video from NYC)

On an abbreviated tour of the East Coast after visa issues resulted in travel delays, a group of Merasi people, (aka Master Musicians of Rajasthan) were still able to include two sold-out shows in New York City in their schedule...

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Jojo Abot
Jojo Abot (photo by Sarah Waiswa)
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globalFEST 2017 lineup (Jojo Abot, Maarja Nuut, Rare Essence, Septeto Santiaguero, more)

The lineup includes the Lauryn Hill-approved singer Jojo Abot, Estonian folk singer/violinist Maarja Nuut, DC go-go vets Rare Essence, Indian-classical and jazz fuser Rudresh Mahanthappa, Cuban group Septeto Santiaguero, and more.

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Merasi: Master Musicians of Rajasthan going on rare U.S. tour (2 NYC shows)

Folk Arts Rajasthan, a small New York City based non-profit, works hard to support and promote the culture of the Merasi, a marginalized community residing in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Through extraordinary effort, the organization has brought a small group of Merasi musicians to the United States for a tour of the Northeast.

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photo by Sachyn Mital
photo by Sachyn Mital
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Mulatu Astatke played Temple of Dendur (pics), the kickoff to World Music Institute’s 2016/2017 season (lineup)

Check out pics from Mulatu Astatke's set, and peruse the entire World Music Institute 2016/2017 schedule (Bebel Gilberto, Seu Jorge, Mbongwanna Starr/Songhoy Blue & more).

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Live at the Archway
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DUMBO’s ‘Live At The Archway’ underway with Ava Luna, Janka Nabay, Tigue, more

For the second year in a row, Dumbo is playing host to the Live At the Archway series, which is "a weekly cabaret below the Manhattan Bridge — with free performances, beer, wine, and a magical, only-in-DUMBO setting"...

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Konono N°1
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Konono N°1 releasing new album in April (listen to “Um Nzonzing”)

Legendary Congolese band team up with Portuguese producer Batida for the sixth installment of the "Congotronics" series.

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El Guincho releasing ‘Hiperasia,’ first album in six years (listen)

Chillwave survivor El Guincho is back with a new album, Hiperasia, which is out Friday (2/12) via Nacional Records. It's his first since 2010's Pop Negro and as the very modern production shows, it's very much a now album, though tropical vibes are still represented...

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Malian band Songhoy Blues touring U.S. in April (dates)

Malian band Songhoy Blues will be heading back to North America this spring for a week of shows in the Midwest and Northeast. The band are exceedingly charismatic performers and if they play near you, definitely try and see them...

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