World Music

Critic's picks

By Siddhartha Mitter
Globe Correspondent / May 22, 2011

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FRESHLYGROUND More than just backing Shakira on last year’s World Cup anthem ‘‘Waka Waka,’’ this Cape Town band fills arenas in South Africa with a sweet, jazzy sound that wears its local folk roots lightly. June 27, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. Brighton Music Hall. 617-876-4275,

NOVALIMA With Afro-Peruvian roots music enjoying a renewal of well-deserved attention, this decade-old group melds it with smooth electronica in a well-calibrated mix. July 10, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. Johnny D’s. 617-2776-2004,

YORO NDIAYE A new star in Senegalese folk and pop music who favors the acoustic guitar, with uplifting messages and a sweet singing tone that sometimes recalls his friend and patron Youssou N’Dour. July 15, 7 p.m. Tickets: $28. Bastille Day Party, Marlborough Street. 617-876-4275,

EMMANUEL JAL His dramatic personal story — a former child soldier who escaped Sudan and found music in Nairobi, Kenya — has made Jal a powerful ambassador of peace as well as a wicked poet and rapper. July 16, time TBA. Free. Boston African Festival, City Hall Plaza

NAOMI ACHU Raised in Cameroon but based in Washington, D.C., Achu — one of the new generation of African artists in America — sings winsome R&B with elements of gospel and rap. July 16, time TBA. Free. Boston African Festival, City Hall Plaza

MANÁ The veteran foursome from Mexico have filled arenas for decades with a reliable, if middlebrow Latin rock laced with elements of reggae, ska, and more. July 17, 8 p.m. Tickets $68-$110. Agganis Arena. 800-745-3000,

OUMOU SANGARÉ A visit from this charismatic queen of Malian music and fierce combatant for women’s rights is always an occasion, not least because, as seen on her most recent album, ‘‘Seya,’’ she’s at the summit of her art. July 25, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 day of show. Paradise. 617-876-4275,

DEBO BAND & FENDIKA Boston’s Ethiopian-jazz unit Debo Band has forged a thrilling partnership with the traditional folk group Fendika, which travels all the way from Addis Ababa to join them. July 27, 7 p.m. Tickets: $30, $24 MFA members/seniors/students. Museum of Fine Arts. 800-440-6975.

GUY MENDILOW BAND Israeli-born, Boston-based Guy Mendilow plays a mean berimbaua one-string Brazilian instrument, but his latest project investigates Ladino or ancient Sephardic Jewish music from around the diaspora. August 12, 8 p.m. Tickets: $27-$49. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,

HANNEKE CASSEL AND FRIENDS Championship fiddler Cassel assembles a violin-heavy ensemble for a grand tour of Celtic music from Scotland to Nova Scotia. Aug. 21, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets: $27-$49. Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport. 978-546-7391,