Critic’s picks: World music

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AMJAD ALI KHAN A compassionate thinker and the most prominent sarod player living today, Khan is one of the Indian classical music masters whom one should see perform at least once. Sept. 15. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275,

BASSEKOU KOUYATE A master of the Malian ngoni ba, an age-old string instrument typically used in accompaniment, Kouyate has built his own new versions of the lute and put them at the center of his band, to great effect. Sept. 18. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,

DAKHABRAKHA The quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine, draws from across the Balkan and Slavic worlds, and often beyond, to make a music that veers from reflective and haunting to aggressively rocking out. Oct. 3. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,


EILEEN IVERS Raised in New York, the much-awarded Ivers has brought an American pluralism, including Appalachian, Cajun, African, and other elements, into the world of Irish fiddle. Oct. 3. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

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RHYTHM OF RAJASTHAN The six-member group of traditional musicians from northwest India offers an intense performance of traditional and folk songs with daredevil, ecstatic movement by dancer Suva Devi. October 4. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,

ALEX CUBA He was raised in Cuba and pays homage to it in his stage name, but the Canada-based guitarist upends stereotypes of Cuban music with his rock-leaning, bilingual funk and Hendrixian allure. Oct. 7. Middle East Upstairs. 617-864-3278,

CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL The “festival” is a long-running touring act of top fiddlers who mix individual personalities and regional styles; its current lineup has Ireland’s Kevin Burke, Quebec’s André Brunet, and Brittany’s Christian Lemaître. Oct. 10. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,

KITANODAI GAGAKU ENSEMBLE Founded in 1982, the Kitanodai ensemble plays the formalized and sophisticated gagaku music that is a centuries-old tradition of Japanese imperial courts. Oct. 15. Berklee Performance Center. 617-266-7455,


DEBO BAND Boston’s purveyors of intelligently reinvented Ethiopian large-band jazz in the 1970s tradition come back for a hometown show in an intimate setting. October 18. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

TERAKAFT Born as a spinoff from the well-known Touareg guitar band Tinariwen, Terakaft is younger and arguably more focused, with a leaner sound, and no less exciting and virtuosic. Oct. 18. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,

PEDRITO MARTINEZ Percussionist Martinez left Cuba in 1998, settled in New York in 2000, and has brought a thrilling new energy to the city’s Afro-Cuban scene. His group now celebrates its debut studio album. Oct. 19. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,

VIEUX FARKA TOURE Son of the late Malian maestro Ali Farka Touré, Vieux has inherited not only his father’s black guitar but his chops, which he applies to a rock-influenced style that he’s fast making his own.Oct. 23. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275,

STEPHEN MARLEY Son of Bob and Rita Marley and thus reggae royalty, Stephen Marley played and produced for brothers Ziggy and Damian before making a 2012 Grammy-winning album of his own. October 29. Paradise. 617-562-8800,


BODY MUSIC With artists from Brazil, Indonesia and beyond who play claps, steps, beat-boxing and other body techniques, Body Music ends a residency at Wellesley and Berklee with this recital. November 19. Berklee Performance Center. 617-266-7455,

YAMATO The exhilarating and spectacular Japanese taiko company, wielding drums that weigh up to 500 lbs, marks its 20th anniversary with a world tour of a special show. November 23. Sanders Theatre. 617-876-4275,


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