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At 60, Oliver Mtukudzi Still 'Giving Life To The People' With Music

Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi often says that you don't get to sing a song if you have nothing to say. He talks with guest host Celeste Headlee, and shares a few tunes.
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Luscious Jackson Hits A Sweet Spot With New Children's Album

After more than a decade apart, the '90s band reconvened for a new album, Magic Hour. But along with it, the trio — all mothers — released a children's album called Baby DJ. Reviewer Stefan Shepherd says Baby DJ played a role in Luscious Jackson getting back together.
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After Hard Times At Home, Afghan Musicians Seek To Be Heard In America

A cross-generational group of Afghanistan's top musicians provides a living archive of the nation's cultural treasures — players who've found a new home in Fremont, Calif. They've just released a new album, headed by a phenomenal female singer named Mahwash.
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VIDEO: Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Ex-bandmate

Marcus "Magnificent" Malone was a percussionist in Santana's band before it hit big in 1969. Since then, he's spent time in prison and time on the streets. By chance, he was part of a local TV news report. Then Santana and the news station tracked Malone down. Now he may play with the band again.
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Bunji Garlin: 'Here To Stand My Ground' For Soca Music

Garlin has had a big year with his hit Caribbean anthem, "Differentology." The song recently won the 2013 Soul Train Award for Best International Performance. In a conversation with guest host Celeste Headlee, the popular Trinidadian artist discusses his unique style of music.
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Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says

All three members of the band are now free. But the pardons are just an effort by President Vladimir Putin to shore up his country's reputation before February's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina said after her release.
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A Pinball Monopoly, Camel Trekking In Texas, Charles Dickens' Mistress

This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry. Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.
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Christmas Jams From Mexico Come Alive In California

World music DJ Betto Arcos grew up in the Mexican state of Veracruz, where he learned a homegrown brand of Christmas music. He introduces NPR's Arun Rath to a few of those songs by bringing a four-piece band into the studio.
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The Best Latin Music Of 2013

Like so many music lovers, NPR's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd have been hard at work compiling their best-of-2013 lists. From Los Angeles quartet La Santa Cecilia to Spanish rapper Mala Rodriguez, the Alt Latino hosts join NPR's Rachel Martin to share some of what they loved in Latin music this year.
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Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. And what pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang say about teaching and learning could be applied to many different areas and fields, not just music and the other arts.

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