World Music

Summer world music picks

Dayme Arocena performs at the ICA in June.
Pedro Margherito
Dayme Arocena performs at the ICA in June.

GREGORIO URIBE The Colombian songwriter and Berklee graduate, who is based in New York, returns to Boston with his upbeat and poetic cumbia compositions, helming a top-notch Latin band enhanced by his accordion. May 25. Tickets $15. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge. 617-864-3278,

DAYME AROCENA At 25, Arocena is the emerging superstar of Afro-Cuban music’s new generation, a profound and charismatic singer, composer, and bandleader equally at home with electronic arrangements and her Santeria religious roots. June 16. Tickets $25-$28. Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100,

ANI CHOYING DROLMA The Tibetan Buddhist nun is a celebrity and philanthropist in Nepal — and a superstar for her pop approach, crafted with some of the world’s top producers, to Buddhist meditative music. June 25. Tickets $25-$100. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. 617-747-2261,


BLICK BASSY The Cameroonian singer-guitarist with the ethereal voice often switches to banjo, the better to develop blues, folk, and rock elements in his very personal, often adventurous music. July 12. Tickets $24-$30. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-267-9300,

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ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS Scottish fiddler Fraser and Californian cellist Haas are a long-running duo who, with five albums together, have become a reference point in contemporary Celtic music. July 15. Tickets $29-$39. Rockport Music, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

DIE ANTWOORD Brash, high-energy, and often abrasive, the South African rap-techno duo is touring behind its upcoming album, which it says will be its last — although the band’s not breaking up. Aug. 7. Tickets $29.50-$39.50. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston. 617-728-1600,

BANDA MAGDA This cosmopolitan crew led by Greek multi-instrumentalist Magda Giannikou favors South American roots rhythms, gamine French songs, and Greek folk, often with big cinematic arrangements. Aug. 9. Tickets $24-$30. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-267-9300,

DEBO BAND/ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES A can’t-miss double-bill of two of the fiercest bands that happen to have Northeast African roots: Boston’s own Debo Band, with its expert Ethiopian jazz, and Brooklyn’s Alsarah, one of the top Sudanese singers working today. Aug. 23. Tickets $24-$30. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-267-9300,


BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET A reference in Cajun music, the Grammy-winning Beausoleil and its leader Doucet have held down the tradition for decades, while cultivating its links to country, the blues, and West Africa. Aug. 25. Tickets $38-$52. Rockport Music, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

ETANA The Jamaican singer’s reggae style is part roots, part pop positivity, with healthful messages and cheery charisma. Her professed support for Donald Trump raised eyebrows, but she’s lately back-pedaled. Aug. 26. Tickets $18. Brighton Music Hall, Boston. 617-779-0140,

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