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The New World
The explorers at KEXP Documentaries have set sail for uncharted musical lands. Step into "The New World", a 10-part series of short musical stories on the latest faces in international music.


# 10 One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap is Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto, two guys from the UK who take a laptop to record different artists in different countries, then put them on the same song. Their album and TV series “What About Me” has guests like Michael Stipe, Baba Maal, Jhelisa, Noam Chomsky and hundreds of others.

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One Giant Leap - From Myspace

One Giant Leap - What About Me - 2008 Album

# 9 A. R. Rahman

Indian composer and multi-instrumentalist A.R. Rahman has sold over 200 million records. That’s more than the Beatles. He’s famous in Asia, and more recently in the U.S. after winning 2 Oscars for the soundtrack to the film “Slumdog Millionaire”.

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A. R. Rahman - Press Photo

A. R. Rahman - Oscar Publicity Photo

# 8 Nortec Collective

Nortec Collective is a group of friends from Tijuana, Mexico whose music incorporates influences from artists as diverse as Kraftwerk, Herb Alpert and Joy Division, and styles like disco, house and Norteno (the music of Northern Mexico).

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Hiperboreal And Clorofila - From Myspace

Bostich And Fussible - From Myspace

# 7 Nomo

When Nomo formed in 2003, they were jazz musicians interested in the work of Fela, creator of Afrobeat. Since then their work has incorporated the styles of Motown, neo-funk and electronica.

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Nomo - From Myspace - Photo by Doug Coombe

Nomo - From Myspace - Photo by Doug Coombe

# 6 Curumin

Curumin is a Brazilian singer-songwriter who was trained early in life as a samba guitarist. Living in the metropolis of Sao Paolo he was exposed to all kinds of music including funk, soul, electronic, pop and all kinds of world music. His songs are warm yet cutting-edge, futuristic yet somehow classic-sounding.

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Curumin - From Myspace

Curumin Press Photo - Courtesy of Quannum Records

# 5 Skalpel

Polish duo Skalpel take samples from their homeland’s top jazz artists from the 60s and 70s and add it to electronic loops, beats and textures. Find out how listening to punk, new wave and hip-hop inspired them to create a whole new tradition for Poland’s music scene.

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Skalpel Press Photo - courtesy of Ninja Tune

Skalpel - 2005 Album Konfusion

# 4 Buraka Som Sistema

Portuguese band Buraka Som Sistema play a kind of music called Kuduru, a dance style that originated in the streets and dance clubs of Angola. Originally a lo-fi attempt at house and techno by Angolan DJs who added traditional sounds like Kizomba and Samba to beats, BSS change Kuduru by working on the latest software and adding rhythm hits influenced by Spank Rock, Diplo and MIA.

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Buraka Som Sistema - From Myspace

Photo by Ana Gilbert - From Myspace

# 3 Juana Molina

Argentine singer, songwriter Juana Molina is inspired by the acoustics in elevators and the random notes of birds. She was one of Argentina’s most famous comedians, but quit being a celebrity to play the unusual musical sounds she creates on the keyboard, guitar and with her voice.

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Juana Molina - From Myspace

Juana Molina - From Myspace

# 2 K’naan

Somalian hip-hop artist K’naan is changing the face of African music and also the impression that Westerners have of Africa. In this KEXP Documentary, you will meet the man and hear why his brave, graphic and poetic songs about real life in Somalia have made him one of the hottest names in hip-hop in 2009.

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K'naan Photo By JamesMinkin - From Myspace

K’naan - From Myspace

# 1 Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela are an acoustic team who started working together in a metal band in Mexico City. After leaving the group, the duo traveled to Europe, playing in the streets. After their 2006 self-titled album hit the charts in Ireland, the band has played to packed houses full of rock fans, with a mix of rumba, jazz and rock. Whatever you do, don’t call them Flamenco.

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela's 2006 Self Titled Charted Number One In Europe


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