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Around the World in 5 Musical Tracks

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On a trip to Belize a few years back, one of the best souvenirs I brought home was a CD featuring music from the local Garifuna people. Just as I often try to recreate a few recipes from my travels in my own kitchen between trips, I also enjoy sampling the music of the world as a way to evoke the places I’ve been — or those I hope to visit. Below are a few videos to get you started on a musical journey of your own.

This piece is from the Iranian-American group Niyaz, with lyrics based on the work of the 11th-century Persian poet Baba Taher.

Next up is a performance at Carnegie Hall of perhaps the most famous Cuban song of all, “Chan Chan” by the Buena Vista Social Club.

Marisa Monte is a popular Brazilian singer, born in Rio de Janeiro.

The next artist, Rokia Traore, hails from the West African nation of Mali. The haunting song below, “Melancolie,” is from her latest album, “Musical Africa.”

The group SambaSunda draws on both international influences and the traditional music of their home in West Java, Indonesia.

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