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By Jim Bessman

World Music Features 1 Giant Leap
1 Giant Leap now joins very few moving-image projects that have tried to tackle the vast unknown of world music. The 140-minute film (plus extensive additional interactive musical and spoken DVD material) traverses more than 20 countries.
By Jim Bessman

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World Music Features Carmen Consoli
She’s been likened to Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette, and with Italian album titles that translate into “Moderately Hysterical” and “Confused and Happy,” she clearly fits with the best of today’s English-speaking female rock singer-songwriters.
By Jim Bessman

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World Music Legends Pete Seeger
He’s 87 now, but Pete Seeger remains as relevant as ever. The folk music icon enjoyed renewed visibility in 2006 as the inspiration for Bruce Springsteen’s We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.
By Jim Bessman

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World Music Features Francesca Ancarola
True justice evaded Victor Jara in life, but thanks to Chilean songstress Francesca Ancarola’s latest album Lonquén, poetic justice has at least been rendered. The album, the award-winning singer’s fifth, serves as a tribute to the leader of the “Nueva canción Chilena” movement.
By Jim Bessman

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World Music Features DeVotchKa

Based in Denver, DeVotchKa has left an eclectic stamp on modern Balkan music. After four indie releases, the group made it big with the soundtrack to Little Miss Sunshine, and now returns with a new album on the Anti- imprint—home to Antibalas, Tom Waits and Xavier Rudd.


By Jim Bessman

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World Music Features Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet
Blowing away the cultural barrier between America and Asia, the special blend of Appalachian and Chinese music that propels banjoist Abigail Washburn’s work with the Sparrow Quartet may have started out as a fluke, but now seems more natural a fusion than ever.
By Jim Bessman

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World Music Features Online Exclusive: Sir James Galway
Sir James Galway spends some free time in Cuba.
By Jim Bessman

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