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The World's music features this week: Alsarah & The Nubatones, William Onyeabor and Chicano Batman

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Alsarah & The Nubatones

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Carlos Ramirez

We love music at The World — and this week's music was no exception. From Sudanese retro-pop, to a Nigerian musican who never talked to us, give a listen to some of what we loved this week.

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Sudanese-born singer Alsarah

The music Alsarah and The Nubatones make combines some of the retro-pop from Sudan's Nubia region and Arabic influences from her time spent in Morocco — two different parts of Africa that Alsarah and The Nubatones have woven skillfully together.

Who was William Onyeabor? 

Nigerian musician William Onyeabor never played live and shunned most interviews. We even put in a request to interview him back in 2013. Onyeabor died on Monday at the age of 70. 

A song recommendation for Obama's Spotify playlist

President Barack Obama's musical tastes were often spot-on and he usually shared his playlists. Now that his term is at an end, Marco Werman suggests a new tune Obama can add and listen to in his spare time.

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Noura Mint Seymali before her evening performance in Santiago de Compestela, Spain 2016

Noura Mint Seymali before her evening performance in Santiago de Compestela, Spain 2016

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April Peavey

 From Mauritania, a song for breast cancer awareness

 Noura Mint Seymali is a singer from Mauritania who wants to make sure women, especially women in Africa, get their yearly breast cancer screenings.

Seymali helps to raise awareness through a song. You can learn more here.  

 

 

 

Wynton Marsalis at Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, February 15, 2016

Wynton Marsalis at Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, February 15, 2016

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Luigi Beverelli

 A jazz legend says he would have played for Trump

 Trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis would have performed for Trump's inauguration if he'd been asked. Marsalis tells host Marco Werman that although he grew up in the civil rights movement, he won't protest the new administration, because it hasn't taken action yet.