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De Temps Antan: Ce Monde Ici-Bas

Honkytonk Québécois folklore with lots of stomp.

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Various Artists: Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music

Rinzler chose his musicians for their tough strength, and for a quality you could label authenticity, or purity, or, as Dewey Balfa did: isolation.

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Amira & Merima Ključo: Zumra

The mood of sevdah has something in common with saudade, the complicated emotion of longing that permeates fado.

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Anibal Velásquez y Su Conjunto: Mambo Loco

The only downside of this compilation is its brevity; it's a short, sweet dose of tropical medicine that will doubtless leave listeners wanting more.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Irish Folk

Geoff Willis, the compiler, must have been aiming to put together a concise round-up of living musicians who show their own fidelity to established styles. This comes off pretty well.

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