I first became acquainted with Sonya Mazumdar as a voice at one end of a U.S.-India Skype session about the licensing of "Laya Project," a dazzling musical journey around the areas devastated by the massive 2004 tsunami.
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It would be hard to turn Malian desert blues into a glitzy stratagem, though I'm sure with the genre's growing popularity some will try. Tinariwen does not partake in such foolishness.
At a time when extremism threatens to undermine Egypt's multi-ethnic unity, Sufism, which permeates society at all levels, offers a message of peace and tolerance.
Faiz Ali Faiz and Craig Adams for Qawwali Gospel wove two seemingly disparate musical styles together to pay homage to the divine. Through them, Allah and Jesus met and danced.
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