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Critic's picks

Buika plays Oct. 23 at Berklee Performance Center. Buika plays Oct. 23 at Berklee Performance Center. (Paul White/Associated Press)
By Siddhartha Mitter
Globe Correspondent / September 12, 2010

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DEBO BAND & FENDIKA A dream comes true for Danny Mekonnen’s Boston-based Ethiopian-pop Debo Band as collaborators Fendika, a top draw in Addis Ababa with a modern take on Ethiopian folk sounds, join them on a North America tour that launches on this night. Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA The living master of the bansuri flute, Chaurasia has done more than anyone to bring the folk instrument into the complex world of North Indian classical music. Sept. 18, 5 p.m. Tickets: $30-$100. MIT Kresge Auditorium. www.aidevents.org

OLODUM Their natural venue is Salvador da Bahia during Carnaval; on the road, the 30-year-old cultural troupe brings an extravaganza of percussion, dance, capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture. Sept. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40. Somerville Theatre. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

LE TRIO JOUBRAN The three brothers, scions of a great family of makers and performers of the oud, the wonderful Middle Eastern lute, make their Boston debut with a special program to honor late Palestinian poet-hero Mahmoud Darwish. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28. Somerville Theater. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

JUANITO PASCUAL Boston-based guitarist-with-a-cause Pascual gathers a distinguished jazz and flamenco lineup in support of the Junglewood rain forest preserve in Panama. Oct. 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$42. Somerville Theatre. 617-625-5700, www.somervilletheatreonline.com

HUGH MASEKELA Ageless and apparently unstoppable, the great South African trumpeter has always kept it current with new works and fresh collaborations on the jazz and Afro-soul frontier. Oct. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$42. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

BUIKA A mesmerizing performer, Buika delivers grand Spanish song with the requisite high drama and imperial stage presence, yet never veers to cliche, instead mixing it up with Mexican rancheras, Cuban canción, and more. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$37. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

DJAVAN Is anyone more listenable than Djavan? The Brazilian superstar commands a sweet spot between bossa nova and adult pop and R&B that stays honest, lyrical and clear, never treacly. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$65. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

BERKLEE WEST AFRICAN ENSEMBLE WITH NIWEL TSUMBU The Berklee College of Music opens its first-ever Africa week with Congo-born, Ireland-based guitarist Tsumbu, who has developed his own African-infused jazz hybrid; events continue Nov. 2-3. Nov. 1, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $10. Berklee Performance Center. www.berkleebpc.com ZAKIR HUSSAIN/NILADRI KUMAR His recent visits have been with his Masters of Percussion project, but this time tabla genius Hussain is the accompanist for a sharp young protégé, sitarist Kumar. Nov. 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $28-$37. Sanders Theatre. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

LUISA MAITA Supple, varied, and personal songs that connect points from all across Brazil’s musical panorama make Maita, 28, from São Paulo, one of this year’s great discoveries. A burgeoning star at home, she’s on her first US tour. Nov. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D’s. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

AFROCUBISM An outrageous all-star Malian and Cuban band (including Toumani Diabaté, Djélimady Tounkara, and Buena Vista Social Club survivor Eliades Ochoa), in the banner world-music tour of the season. Don’t miss it. Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

PLAYING FOR CHANGE The we-are-the-world vibes of this California-based project can get cloying, but Playing for Change is a chance to catch brilliant musicians from South Africa, Senegal, Congo, Suriname, and Ghana who have yet to find commercial favor. Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Tickets: $26-$56. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bostonsymphonyhall.org

JORGE DREXLER The acclaimed singer-songwriter from Uruguay won an Academy Award for his song on “The Motorcycle Diaries’’ in 2004. Lately he’s pulled back from experiments in electronica to a more personal, acoustic sound. Here he performs accompanied by a Berklee ensemble. Nov. 18, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $15-$20. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com

ANGELITA VARGAS & JAIRO BARRULL Joined by guitarist Juan del Gastor, flamenco icon Vargas and young master Barrull premiere a program on the music’s living Gypsy tradition. (Fall Flamenco festival continues with Pepe Torres on Nov. 21.) Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50. Berklee Performance Center. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

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