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By Jeff Tamarkin

Food The New York Chocolate Show
For a growing number of chocoholics, this is the Sweet-Tooth World Series. This is where you’ll find the good stuff.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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World Music Features Think of One
The sextet Think of One may well possess one of the most inapt monikers in all of music: Although jazz innovator Thelonious Monk once penned a song by that name, Think of One is anything but single-minded.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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World Music Features Soweto Gospel Choir
Even the most skeptical of atheists would have difficulty not being elevated to a state of rapturous euphoria by the sound of Soweto Gospel Choir. The 32-member-strong ensemble may draw its inspiration from above, but it’s down here on terra firma that this South African bundle of joy is spreading its good news.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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Reggae & Caribbean REGGAE PULSE 2
HIT SONGS—JAMAICAN STYLE
Trojan

By JEFF TAMARKIN

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Reggae & Caribbean WILLY NELSON
Countrymen
Lost Highway

By Jeff Tamarkin

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Travel Disney World
Max, our eight-year-old son, having become enamored of geography and foreign culture—from his third-grade class—was ready to see the world. But, being eight years old, he wanted it to have rides.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends Babatunde Olatunji
The importance of Babatunde Olatunji is incalculable. At a time when Westerners were exposed to almost nothing of African culture, Olatunji entered the mass consciousness with Drums Of Passion.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends Aster Aweke
This Ethiopian beauty's Aster and Kabu albums show why she’s sometimes been dubbed the “African Aretha Franklin.”
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends Hukwe Zawose
By the time of his death in December 2003, Dr. Hukwe Zawose had single-handedly revitalized the ancient traditional music of Tanzania’s Wagogo people.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends The Master Musicians of Jajouka
It’s difficult to imagine today, just how shocking an album Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Jajouka was when it was released in 1971.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends Mory Kanté
Mory Kanté is a living bridge between hundreds of years of West African Mande griot tradition (wordsmiths who pass along history orally through poetry and song) and the modern world.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends Papa Wemba
Papa Wemba has always been a larger-than-life figure, both in his music and his personality.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends Toumani Diabaté
Several gifted musicians are associated with the West African kora harp (Mory Kante and Foday Musa Suso among them), but Toumani Diabaté is arguably the reigning master.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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African Legends Tabu Ley Rochereau
It’s been more than half a century since Tabu Ley Rochereau first graced a stage, and to this day there is no more prominent figure in Congolese music.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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World Fusion Various Artists
Simply World: 4 CD’s Of Essential World Music
Union Square

By Jeff Tamarkin

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North American Various Artists
East L.A.: Rockin’ The Barrio
Varese Sarabande

By Jeff Tamarkin

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World Music Features The Refugee All-Stars
The Refugee All-Stars’ mix of roots reggae, Afropop, hip-hop and traditional West African goombay music--fused with its direct English-language lyrics--address the brutality, struggle, and the hopefulness of displaced Sierra Leoneans.
By Jeff Tamarkin

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World Music Features Soweto Gospel Choir
“Africa is like a beast that has been sleeping all along but has now woken up,” says David Mulovhedzi, musical director of the Soweto Gospel Choir, “And now we’re showing the world what we’ve got.”
By Jeff Tamarkin

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World Fusion Various Artists
The Essential Guide To World Music
The Essential Guide ESGCD306

By Jeff Tamarkin

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Europe Björk
Surrounded
Rhino

By Jeff Tamarkin

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