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From Four Different Corners Of Africa, Four Bold New Albums

Tuareg blues and griot guitar meet virtuoso percussion on <em>Zoy Zoy</em>, the latest album from the Niger band Tal National.
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Tuareg blues and griot guitar meet virtuoso percussion on Zoy Zoy, the latest album from the Niger band Tal National.

World-music DJ Betto Arcos is back — this time, with music he's found all over the African continent. The host of Global Village on KPFK in Los Angeles recently joined NPR's Arun Rath to discuss new albums from four different corners of Africa, including soulful songs from a prison in Malawi, dance music from Congo and a collaboration between a Malian singer and a Cuban pianist. Hear their conversation at the audio link, and check out the music below.

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Hear The Music

Mbongwana Star

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"Shégué"

From 'From Kinshasa'

Ben Masekese (Zomba Prison Project)

I Have No Everything Here
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I Have No Everything Here

"A Message (I Will Take You)"

From 'I Have No Everything Here'

Tal National

Zoy Zoy
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Zoy Zoy

"Claire"

From 'Zoy Zoy'

Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca

At Home
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At Home

"Yemaya"

From 'At Home: Live in Marciac'

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