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In This Issue:
• Nat Geo Music & Ben Harper and Relentless 7 Team Up For Earth Day
• Spring 2009 Festival Roundup
• The Nat Geo Music Interview: Bibi Tanga
• Recommended Listening
 
NAT GEO MUSIC AND BEN HARPER AND RELENTLESS 7 TEAM UP FOR EARTH DAY
To celebrate Earth Day, Nat Geo Music channel is hosting a live broadcast concert featuring Grammy award-winning artist Ben Harper with Relentless 7, in Rome's famed Piazza del Popolo. The concert will air live on April 22nd beginning at 8 p.m. in Italy (2 p.m. US EST), and will be featured simultaneously on Nat Geo Music channel, www.natgeomusic.net, in the United States and www.natgeotv.com/earthday internationally. The event will also feature appearances from Bibi Tanga & The Selenites and Subsonica.

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SPRING 2009 FESTIVAL ROUNDUP
It may not look like it here on the cold, rainy streets of New York, but spring is officially here - and so is spring concert season. Every year April offers up a bumper crop of destination music festivals, and 2009 is no different. Whether you want to dance on the beach in Miami at the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival, mellow out in the desert at California's Coachella Festival, party in New Orleans at the venerable Jazz & Heritage Festival and the Ponderosa Stomp - or go green in multiple cities across the nation with the Green Apple Festival - there's an event for you.

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THE NAT GEO MUSIC INTERVIEW: BIBI TANGA
Straight out of Paris, Bibi Tanga and the Selenites bridge the divide between the arty South Bank of the Seine and the gritty suburbs, where singer/songwriter/guitarist Bienvenu "Bibi" Tanga grew up as an immigrant from the Central African Republic. Together they forge a stunningly original new sound, and create a space where Afro-futurism meets steampunk, Fela Kuti jams with Sidney Bechet, and Marcel Duchamp gets down to Chic.

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Recommended Listening
Album Amadou & Miriam - Welcome to Mali
Mali's famous "blind couple" return with their first full-length release since 2005's breakthrough Dimanche a Bamako - and it was worth the wait!
Nonesuch
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Album Balkan Beat Box - Nu Med
Hyperkinetic, genre-bending, border-skipper Israeli global fusionistas Balkan Beat Box return with a pocketful of remixes of their classic Eastern Mediterranean musical mashups.
JDub
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Album Dengue Fever - Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
L.A.band Dengue Fever recently made a pilgrimage to Cambodia - the land that inspired their Southeast Asian psych-rock sound - and came back with an inspiring documentary. And the soundtrack is as good as the film!
M80
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