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Michael Hess
A man with many and varied interests
A man with many and varied interests

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Desert Trance: Steve Shehan and Baly Othmani with "Tarre (Awalin Almad Saras)"
Today's tune, Tarre (Awalin Almad Saras) is by Steve Shehan and Baly Othmani. Steve Shehan is a Franco-American composer and percussionist known for his mastery of the percussion instrument known as the hang . He has released eight solo albums, seven album...

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It Probably Helped: The Specials (The Special AKA) and "Nelson Mandela"
An 80's dance tune by The Specials is our random tune for today. The song Nelson Mandela had political significance, as it called for the South African government to free the political icon who founded the African National Congress . The Specials , also kn...

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Chickenhawks: Vieux Farka Touré and Julia Easterlin with "Masters of War"
A new take on an old classic is our random tune for today. Masters of War , written by Bob Dylan , is performed by Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin . A Malian singer and guitarist. Touré first took up guitar ...

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Two Traditions, One Voice: The Touré-Raichel Collective and "Ai Houde Bakoi"
The Touré-Raichel Collective performs today's random tune, called Ai Houde Bakoi . The Touré-Raichel Collective developed out of a chance airport meeting between singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré of Mali and pianist Idan Raichel of Israel . Promising t...

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Many Shades: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Roomful of Teeth with "Green (Vincent's Tune)"
Today's random tune is by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble , accompanied by Roomful of Teeth . The song is called Green (Vincent's Tune) . Yo-Yo Ma is a Chinese American cellist, a child prodigy who has performed with orchestras around the world, and ha...

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A Tiny Peep: Malika Zarra and "Little Voice"
Our tune today, Little Voice , is performed by Malika Zarra . Zarra was born in Morocco to a Berber mother and a Moroccan father and she grew up in Paris though her family remained culturally Moroccan in the home. She became interested in jazz because she n...

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Missing Her Sailor: Karen Matheson and "Mi Le M' Uilinn"
Today's random sung is by Karen Matheson , a Scottish folk singer. A founding member of the band Capercaille , she has also had a successful solo career. She was also part of the acclaimed folk group L'Héritage des Celtes , with whom she sang lead vocals ...

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It's the Money: Tumi and the Volume with "Asinamali"
Tumi and the Volume , from South Africa , bring us a tune based in rap and hip hop for our random song. Tumi and the Volume was a hip-hop group that disbanded in 2012, consisting of Tumi Molekane , guitarist Tiago Correia-Paul, David Bergman on bass, and d...

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The Rhythm of Air and Moisture: Mickey Hart and "Sky Water"
Mickey Hart brings us today's random tune, Sky Water . Mickey Hart is an American percussionist who was one of two drummers for the Grateful Dead , and who has been very influential on the global music stage as an archivist, recording global musical traditi...

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Just a Bit of Her: Jehan Barbur and "Biraz Sininle Biraz Kendimle"
Our random song today is by Turkish singer Jehan Barbur . Born in Beirut , Lebanon and having Christian, Arabic and Turkish descent, Jehan Barbur was raised in Iskenderun , Turkey . She wanted to study music, but her father's opposition led her to study A...
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