The Global Hit Parade—Sounds from Around the World for Local Listening

These far-flung arrivals have only two things in common: They're addictive, and they should never be dismissed as "world" music.

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These far-flung arrivals have only two things in common: They're addictive, and they should never be dismissed as "world" music.

Clockwise from left:

Asa, Beautiful Imperfection

This Paris-born, Lagos-raised songstress's likable pop reveals the influence of Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, and Erykah Badu. Out September 6

Tinariwen, Tassili

Rhythmic, textured guitar music from a nomadic Saharan collective with contributions from members of TV on the Radio.

CSS, La Liberación

The latest from this São Paulo nu rave outfit is packed with bratty, high-octane hooks and irresistible club beats.

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