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The Musicians of the Nile: Charcoal Gypsies

World music’s expansionist policy in recent years has shed light on corners of global culture once obscure to the western realm. The Musicians of the Nile, for example, have helped in dispersing the musical culture of the upper Nile region for some 20 years, touring throughout Europe. But it has been in the last few years that the group has attained its broadest visibility, partly because of changes in the marketing apparatus for world music. An appearance at the 1983 WOMAD festival and a spot in the film Latcho Drom, the fascinating chronicle of Gypsy life and music, have helped make this music more familiar.

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