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Fall Arts Preview

Critic’s picks: World music

The Mongolian band Hanggai performs Sept. 27 at Johnny D’s in Somerville.

Yang Feng

The Mongolian band Hanggai performs Sept. 27 at Johnny D’s in Somerville.

STEPHEN MARLEY Reggae legend Bob Marley’s second son waited decades before taking center stage, but lately he’s been racking up even more Grammys than older brother Ziggy. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Paradise Rock Club,
Boston. 617-562-8800,

ANTIBALAS On their first album in five years, simply titled “Antibalas,” these 14 accomplished musicians return to their prime inspiration, Fela Kuti’s simmering Afrobeat. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800, www.ticket

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BEATS ANTIQUE David Satori plays Balkan and Middle Eastern-derived tunes, Tommy Cappel provides electronic beats, and Zoë Jakes belly dances, completing their tribal performance art. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Royale, Boston. Tickets: $18 advance, $20 day of show.
617-338-7699, www.ticket

ASIAN MUSIC AND CULTURE FESTIVAL This one-night showcase covers a huge geographic and stylistic span for a moderate price. Sept. 26, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261,

HANGGAI Even though these young Mongolians sometimes slip into pop-rock cheese, their modernization of traditional multi-note throat singing is still as daring as it is rare. Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 617-776-2004,

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BACHACO Boston’s traveling “rock en español” dance party Clandestino celebrates its ninth anniversary with this fitting Miami band, which eases its ska punch with cumbia lilt.

Oct 5, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 before 10:30, $20 after. Naga, Cambridge. 617-661-4900,

OBBINI TUMBAO A very fine local Afro-Cuban dance band, with the old machismo upended by leaders Anita Quinto on percussion and Rebecca Cline on piano. Oct. 5, 7:30 and

10 p.m. Tickets: $20. Reggata-bar, Cambridge. 617-661-5000,

THE ROYAL DRUMMERS AND DANCERS OF BURUNDI The joyous pride of this longstanding troupe underscores its regal name. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. Somerville Theater, Somerville. 617-625-4088,

TINARIWEN Recent collaborations with members of TV on the Radio have only enhanced the sad, stoic beauty of these Saharan nomads’ guitar drones. Oct. 13, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. Paradise Rock Club, Boston. 617-562-8800, www.ticket

STAFF BENDA BILILI Paraplegic street musicians and abandoned teens who met in the Kinshasa Zoo bring their wonderfully upbeat Congolese rumba to Boston for the first time. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3103.

NOUVELLE VAGUE Talk about “world fusion:” These French coquettes reinterpret Anglo-American new wave classics as gentle sambas, insulting three continents with their chic cheek. Oct. 27, 6 p.m. Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show. Royale, Boston. 617-338-7699,

LUIS ENRIQUE Nicaragua’s romantic salsa pioneer performs a rare budget-priced show with a large ensemble of Berklee students. Nov. 8, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $8, $16 advance, $12, $22 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261,

ARTURO SANDOVAL The Cuban jazz trumpeter just added a set of refined tangos to his huge, diverse repertoire. Nov. 23-24, 8 and 10 p.m. Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. Tickets: $40. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz

SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA This Ottawa sextet always balances its blend of African, Latin, and jazz styles with cool finesse. Nov. 29, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. Brighton Music Hall, Allston. 617-562-8800, www.brightonmusic

CHUCHO VALDÉS QUINTET The virtuoso pianist has long sublimated his Cuban roots in his sophisticated jazz, but he never completely surrenders the clave. Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$58. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-482-6661,

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