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Singer's murder in Karachi could see Pakistan change tune against Taliban killers

Karachi is suffering a wave of killings of secular and anti-Taliban figures, but the murder of beloved singer Ajmad Sabri could mark a turning point if public opinion cries out for justice.

Karachi is suffering a wave of killings of secular and anti-Taliban figures, but the murder of beloved singer Ajmad Sabri could mark a turning point if public opinion cries out for justice.

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Papa Wemba buried in Kinshasa

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been remembering its favourite son, Papa Wemba, who has been buried in Kinshasa. A private ceremony was held for

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been remembering its favourite son, Papa Wemba, who has been buried in Kinshasa. A private ceremony was held for

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Petite Noir tours with 'Life is Beautiful'

South African musician Petite Noir is currently touring Europe with his debut album ‘La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful’. Born in Belgium to a

South African musician Petite Noir is currently touring Europe with his debut album ‘La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful’. Born in Belgium to a

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Traditional music festival fills Samarkand with oriental melodies

Every other year, traditional oriental rhythms fill the ancient city of Samarkand, in Uzbekistan. On Registan Square, in the heart of the ancient

Every other year, traditional oriental rhythms fill the ancient city of Samarkand, in Uzbekistan. On Registan Square, in the heart of the ancient

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Balkan Trafik celebrates its 9th anniversary in style

The unique world of Balkan Trafik! has once again brought the best of the Balkans to the heart of Europe, through a programme of music, dance

The unique world of Balkan Trafik! has once again brought the best of the Balkans to the heart of Europe, through a programme of music, dance

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Lisbon's fashionable fado

In Portugal, young people are renewing the concept of Fado houses, reinventing traditional cuisine, mixing contemporary and traditional architecture.

In Portugal, young people are renewing the concept of Fado houses, reinventing traditional cuisine, mixing contemporary and traditional architecture.

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Rio unveils statue of father of bossa nova Tom Jobim

Some 20 years after his death, famous Brazilian composer "Tom" Jobim has his very own statue overlooking the Rio beach he immortalized in his

Some 20 years after his death, famous Brazilian composer "Tom" Jobim has his very own statue overlooking the Rio beach he immortalized in his

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Peace activist Farhad Darya: The Elvis of Afghanistan

They call him “the Elvis of Afghanistan”. Singer-songwriter Farhad Darya is also an award-winning UN ambassador and peace activist. The

They call him “the Elvis of Afghanistan”. Singer-songwriter Farhad Darya is also an award-winning UN ambassador and peace activist. The

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Traditional alp-horn festival in Swiss mountains

More than 3,000 people climbed Switzerland’s Mount Tracouet for the world’s largest alp-horn festival. The traditional instrument, orignally used by

More than 3,000 people climbed Switzerland’s Mount Tracouet for the world’s largest alp-horn festival. The traditional instrument, orignally used by

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Music mix hits the right note at Azerbaijan's Gabala festival

The Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan has attracted 200 musicians to the country’s oldest city, situated around 200 kms northwest of the capital

The Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan has attracted 200 musicians to the country’s oldest city, situated around 200 kms northwest of the capital

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Azerbaijan goes on show on the French Riviera

The city of Cannes on the French Riviera has been playing host to a special kind of guest – the republic of Azerbaijan, sometimes referred to as the

The city of Cannes on the French Riviera has been playing host to a special kind of guest – the republic of Azerbaijan, sometimes referred to as the

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Body of Paco de Lucia flown to Madrid where mourners pay tribute

In Madrid, hundreds of fans of Spanish flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucia came to pay their final respects on Friday. The 66 year old died on

In Madrid, hundreds of fans of Spanish flamenco guitar legend Paco de Lucia came to pay their final respects on Friday. The 66 year old died on

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Oktoberfest: Mugs of beer and cheer

Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for the 180th Oktoberfest.

Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for the 180th Oktoberfest.

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Romanian flash mob

Three hundred dancers organised a flashmob to celebrate their county’s folk dance tradition. The dancers were dressed in red, yellow and blue

Three hundred dancers organised a flashmob to celebrate their county’s folk dance tradition. The dancers were dressed in red, yellow and blue

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A mentor: a life-changing experience

Mentoring is a teaching tool widely used in schools and universities. An increasing number of businesses are also relying on mentorship as a way to

Mentoring is a teaching tool widely used in schools and universities. An increasing number of businesses are also relying on mentorship as a way to

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'Balkan Trafik' returns to Brussels for a seventh year

Balkan Trafik continues for seventh year its trip to the capital of Europe bringing together traditional with modern sound with a perfume of the

Balkan Trafik continues for seventh year its trip to the capital of Europe bringing together traditional with modern sound with a perfume of the

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Ravi Shankar 1920-2012: 'my mission' for Indian music

The celebrated musician who introduced traditional Indian music to Western audiences, Ravi Shankar, has died at home in California aged 92 after a

The celebrated musician who introduced traditional Indian music to Western audiences, Ravi Shankar, has died at home in California aged 92 after a

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Ravi Shankar dies aged 92

The celebrated musician who introduced Indian music to much of the Western world, Ravi Shankar has died at his home in California at the age of 92.

The celebrated musician who introduced Indian music to much of the Western world, Ravi Shankar has died at his home in California at the age of 92.

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Mohsen Namjoo tours Europe

Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo is currently touring Europe with his own style of music which has not always gone down well with the authorities in

Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo is currently touring Europe with his own style of music which has not always gone down well with the authorities in

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Class music on three continents

A musical education does not just produce musicians. Researchers say it also boosts young people’s self-esteem. The film “Buena Vista Social Club”

A musical education does not just produce musicians. Researchers say it also boosts young people’s self-esteem. The film “Buena Vista Social Club”

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Portugal's fado queen Mariza tours Europe

In a single decade, Mariza has sold a million records and played over a thousand concerts worldwide. After a break to become a mother, the Portuguese

In a single decade, Mariza has sold a million records and played over a thousand concerts worldwide. After a break to become a mother, the Portuguese

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Miloš: Reviving the classical guitar

It is one of the greatest accolades for any musician to play in one of the world’s most famous venues: the Royal Albert Hall in London. Now it has

It is one of the greatest accolades for any musician to play in one of the world’s most famous venues: the Royal Albert Hall in London. Now it has

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Bonus interview: Jasper Hope

Interview with Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall.

Interview with Jasper Hope, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Turkey's folk legend Neşet Ertaş dies

Renowned Turkish folk singer Neşet Ertaş has died, aged 74. Known as a “halk ozanı,” which literally means “folk poet”, he was a master of the

Renowned Turkish folk singer Neşet Ertaş has died, aged 74. Known as a “halk ozanı,” which literally means “folk poet”, he was a master of the

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Argentina doctors offer Tango to cardiac patients

After sending heart attack patients for football practice, Argentinian doctors are now prescribing another of the country’s favourite pastimes, the

After sending heart attack patients for football practice, Argentinian doctors are now prescribing another of the country’s favourite pastimes, the