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By Wes Orshoski

World Music Features Vusi Mahlasela
If apartheid broke apart the different cultures and tribes of South Africa, Mahlasela’s music has unified them, blending many of the country’s 11 official (and some unofficial) dialects into his songs. He himself speaks 17 languages. “It’s important,” says Mahlasela, “for the youth to know what we went through, so that won’t happen again.”
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World Music Features Stephen Marley
He launched his career at the age of seven, when he and his siblings formed the Melody Makers. Since the group’s dissolution, he’s spent most of his time in the studio, producing music for his brothers.
By Wes Orshoski

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World Music Legends Mickey Hart
As the Rhythm Devils prepared to hit the road with guitarist Steve Kimock, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and others, Hart reminisced about when foreign rhythms first cast their spell on him.
By Wes Orshoski

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World Music Features Angelique Kidjo
Angelique Kidjo brings a massive presence—spontaneous, wide-eyed grins, fireball hips and an utterly goliath-sized voice—to the stage every time she performs. But standing in her Brooklyn apartment, dwarfed by both her Parisian husband Jean Hebrail and their 13-year-old daughter Naima, the African singer seems to shrink, in both stature and demeanor. For the moment, anyhow.
By Wes Orshoski

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World Music Features Ky-Mani Marley
After earning a Grammy nomination with his previous album and doing some low-key acting roles, Ky-Mani Marley spent the fall opening for the reunited Van Halen. He has also released an album he calls Radio because it’s full of the music he heard on the radio dial as a youngster. We check in with him backstage.
By Wes Orshoski

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World Music Features Buju Banton

There’s a controversy that’s been dogging Buju Banton ever since he recorded the infamous single “Boom Bye Bye” as a teenager. Now older and wiser but no less a rebel, the Grammy-nominated reggae star holds forth at his studio compound in Kingston to discuss the sins of the past and the promise of the future, and reveals a vivid glimpse of his more human side as a devoted family man.


By Wes Orshoski

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Travel Negril
If you’re planning a trip to Jamaica, chances are Negril is on your itinerary, and there are a few things you should know before flying into Montego Bay.
By Wes Orshoski

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