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Critic’s picks: World music

BASSEKOU KOUYATE
BASSEKOU KOUYATE Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

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

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. September 18. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

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. October 3. Johnny D’s. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

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