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Hit It! - Tinariwen, Mabel Matiz, Other Tops On World Music Charts

Hit It! - Tinariwen, Mabel Matiz, Other Tops On World Music Charts

Here are some of the songs topping the charts from music hot spots around the world.


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This week, the jazz label Blue Note Records celebrated its 75th anniversary. And to do so, they have organized a series of live events, exhibitions, book and music releases to take place throughout the year.

On Jan. 8, the world's longest-running jazz label brought onstage some of its current musicians at the NYC Winter Jazzfest. The concert included, among others, pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran, bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Eric Harland.

Here, Thelonious Monk, one of Blue Note's legendary artists, performs his famous "Round About Midnight":

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As Air Quality Worsens, Kampala Citizens Find It Difficult to Breathe

Kampala’s air quality is much worse than globally accepted standards, but several interventions are being instituted to avert its effects.

As Air Quality Worsens, Kampala Citizens Find It Difficult to Breathe

Rush hour traffic in Kampala, Uganda on Sept. 9, 2022. Kampala’s air is nine times more polluted than the World Health Organization’s recommended limit.

Apophia Agiresaasi

KAMPALA, UGANDA — There’s something in Kampala’s air. Philomena Nabweru Rwabukuku’s body could tell even before she went to see a doctor. The retired teacher and her children used to get frequent asthma attacks, especially after they had been up and about in the city where there were many vehicles. It was worse when they lived in Naluvule, a densely populated Kampala suburb where traffic is dense.

“We were in and out of hospital most of the time. [The] attacks would occur like twice a week,” Nabweru says.

Her doctors blamed the air in Kampala, which is nine times more polluted than the World Health Organization’s recommended limit, according to a 2022 WHO report. By comparison, Bangladesh, the country with the world’s worst air pollution, is 13 times the recommended limit.

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