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By Derek Beres

M.I.A.

World Music Features M.I.A.
The 27-year-old Sri Lankan born Maya Arulpragasam has been whipping up critical praises as the reigning superstar of electro-clash, an updated version of ’80s synth-rock that incorporates hip-hop, R&B and punk into its mix.
By Derek Beres

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The Young Ravi Shankar

Film Between Two Worlds
Between Two Worlds is is an in-depth documentary that looks at the illustrious career of India’s ambassador of sitar, Ravi Shankar.
By Derek Beres

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Niyaz

World Music Features Niyaz
Niyaz's self-titled debut album pulls from Indian and Persian folkloric music, intriguingly set to tastefully crafted beats. All of it is created by innate machines of loving grace.
By Derek Beres

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Europe BERGER KNUTSSON SPERING WITH FRIENDS
See You In A Minute: Memories Of Don Cherry
Country & Eastern

By Derek Beres

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World Music Features Cheb I Sabbah
Cheb I Sabbah is an Algerian-born man of Jewish descent. He has released the third segment of his trilogy exploring the fusion of both classical Indian Hindustani and Carnatic music with Western-influenced electronica.
By Derek Beres

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World Music Features Zuco 103
Be it Western country in a digital world, spiced samba or downtempo house, Zuco 103 are purveyors of the new global sound. Not, as many would wish to say, “multicultural,” but rather of a limitless culture.
By Derek Beres

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North American LOS LOBOS
Good Morning Aztlán
Mammoth

By Derek Beres

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Reggae & Caribbean JIMMY CLIFF
We Are All One: The Best of Jimmy Cliff
Columbia/Legacy

By Derek Beres

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World Music Features Matisyahu
Matthew Miller traded dreadlocks and Birkenstocks for payos and Torah long ago. Now that’s he’s found his path, the vehicle he uses to spread the Chabad Lubavitch message is reggae music.
By Derek Beres

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Reggae & Caribbean THE WAILERS
Dub Marley
Tabou

By DEREK BERES

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Middle East & North Africa CHEB I SABBAH
La Kehana
Six Degrees

By DEREK BERES

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World Music Features Les Yeux Noirs
Taking their name from an old Russian gypsy tune, Les Yeux Noirs  are finally finding global audiences, touring. An exquisitely textured, richly modern offering, this may not be their parents’ music, but it is certainly a step forward.
By Derek Beres

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Africa Lokua Kanza
Toyebi Té
Sunnyside

By Derek Beres

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Africa Various Artists
Sanscapes Vol. II: Future Visions of the Bushmen
Meltdown
By DEREK BERES

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World Music Features Shujaat Husain Khan
Like his contemporary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Shujaat Khan knows tradition is all good, but innovation is where it’s at.
By Derek Beres

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Africa GIGI
Illuminated Audio
Palm

AXIOM: RECONSTRUCTIONS & VEXATIONS
Palm

By DEREK BERES

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Reggae & Caribbean LOVE JOYS
Reggae Vibes
Wackie’s 3239

African Roots Act II
Wackie’s 617

African Roots Act III
Wackie’s 1717

I Love Jah—Meditations
Wackie’s 510

Jamaica Super Dub Session
Wackie’s 1720

Lovers Rock—Love Joys
Wackie’s 2383

Mini Showcase—Horace Andy Meets Naggo Morris/Wayne Jarret
Wackie’s 1716/1722

Natures Dub
Wackie’s 306

Showcase—Junior Delhaye
Wackie’s 1382

Wicked Ago I Feel It—Sugar Minott
Wackie’s 1718

By DEREK BERES

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Europe PAULO CONTE
Reveries
Nonesuch

By DEREK BERES

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Electronica MIDIval PunditZ
MIDIval PunditZ
Six Degrees

By Derek Beres

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Europe DAVID VISAN
Chill Out In Paris 2
George V

By Derek Beres

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