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By Christina Roden

Claude Chalhoub

World Music Features Claude Chalhoub
It is highly unusual for a 27-year-old classical musician to have racked up any significant, life-defining achievements, but Lebanese-born Claude Chalhoub has managed to do so within two widely disparate and demanding genres.
By Christina Roden

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World Music Features Eleni Karaindrou
Eleni Karaindrou, often described in the press as the “tenth muse,” is one of Greece’s most honored contemporary composers. A classically trained pianist, she sometimes incorporates subtle folk or jazz flavors into her work.
By Christina Roden

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World Music Features Sinead O'Connor
That a controversial rock star and firebrand like Sinéad O’Connor should have decided to record an album of traditional Irish material is bound to surprise some listeners.
By Christina Roden

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World Music Features The Kronos Quartet, R.D. Burman and Asha Bhosle
The Kronos Quartet was founded in 1973 and has colored outside the lines from day one with antic curiosity and remarkably un-complacent taste.
By Christina Roden

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African Legends Africando
In the autumn of 1992, the influential Senegalese producer Ibrahima Sylla arrived in New York City accompanied by Boncana Maïga, a much-revered Malian flautist/arranger. Their upcoming project would develop into Africando.
By Christina Roden

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African Legends Zaiko Lanka Langa
In 1969, a Kinshasa-based percussionist, D.V. Muanda (a minority tenders this honor to drummer Bakunde Ilo Pablo), started a band called Zaïko Langa Langa, part of the early wave of ‘60s Independence-era guitar bands.
By Christina Roden

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World Music Features Samite
Ugandan singer/poet/multi-instrumentalist Samite, having already survived political exile and the untimely passing of his beloved wife, has now dedicated himself to a secular healing mission in Africa, combating AIDS with unflinching frankness, sensitivity and hope. This gifted and unselfish man is an inspiring role model whose music, with its warmth, tenderness and passion, is capable of raising the most profoundly wounded spirits.
By Christina Roden

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World Music Features Global Village: Danes in New York
When Israeli-born, NYC-based producer Nili Belkind and singer-guitarist Dalia Faitelson (pictured), also born in Israel and currently residing in Copenhagen, first came up with the idea of a two-way, ongoing cultural exchange between musicians from their respective hometowns, it must have seemed like a pipe dream.
By Christina Roden

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World Music Features Larry Kirwan
Famous for his outspoken political stance, his shrewd yet poetic observations, and his ability to address the struggles and triumphs of anyone with even a trace of the Irish in their family tree, Larry Kirwan is a poet, singer composer, playwright, author-and last but not least, frontman for "New York's bar band," Black 47.
By Christina Roden

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