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    FILE - Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux July 2, 2011.

    Montreux Jazz Festival Celebrates 50th Edition

    Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Prince and Deep Purple have performed at the event, which Quincy Jones calls the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of festivals 

    (L-R) Members of the Cuban fusion group Orishas, Yotuel, Roldan and Ruzzo, give an interview from the top of a building in Havana, Cuba, June 22, 2016.

    Cuban Hip Hop Group Orishas Reunite With Ode to Island

    Reuniting after a seven-year hiatus, emigre group also returning to their roots with new single celebrating their 'Cuba Isla Bella,' and say they hope to launch fourth studio album within a year 

    Palestinian swimmer Mary Al-Atrash, 22, who will represent Palestine at the 2016 Rio Olympics, trains in a swimming pool in Beit Sahour, near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, June 27, 2016.

    Palestinian Swimmer Glides Past Obstacles to Reach Rio Games

    ‘Representing Palestine … is a dream,” says the 22-year-old university graduate, who has no Olympic-sized pool to train in and no training partners 

    Rumi meeting Shams-i Tabrizi for the First Time [Persian Manuscript]

    #RumiWasntWhite: Outrage over Hollywood Choice to Play Persian Poet

    With so many talented Middle Eastern actors to choose from, film producers have their eye on white blockbusters, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Downey Jr. 

    FILE - Cambodian flag-bearer Davin Sorn leads her nation's contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium, July 27, 2012.

    Cambodia to Send Its First Female Marathon Runner to Olympics

    Nary Ly will be joined by Japanese marathoner and comedian Neko Hiroshi, a naturalized Cambodian citizen who is also on the team 


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    June 30, 2016 1:58 AM
    Artist Pete Kephart likes to play with fire. He scorches paper covered with paint, water and other materials over the embers of a bonfire to create luminous, surreal images. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us to Levels, West Virginia, where Kephart creates his fire paintings.
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    Video Fire Painting Artist Burns His Art

    Artist Pete Kephart likes to play with fire. He scorches paper covered with paint, water and other materials over the embers of a bonfire to create luminous, surreal images. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us to Levels, West Virginia, where Kephart creates his fire paintings.
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    Video At National Zoo, Captivating Animal Sculptures Illustrate Tragedy of Ocean Pollution

    The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is home to about 1,800 animals, representing 300 species. But throughout the summer, visitors can also see other kinds of creatures there. They are larger-than-life animal sculptures that speak volumes about a global issue — the massive plastic pollution in our oceans. VOA's June Soh takes us to the zoo's special exhibit, called Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea.
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    Video Artist Federico Uribe Turns Agents of Death Into Living Beauty

    Sculptor Federico Uribe is known for his creative style in transforming everyday objects into art - from colorful shoelaces and pencils to electric cables and pins. His latest medium is bullet shells, which the Colombian-born artist uses as a statement of humans’ ability to turn destruction and death into peace and beauty. That’s what we can read through his new collection, now on display at Adelson Galleries in New York. VOA's Faiza Elmasry has more. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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    Video Comic Book Fans Combine Fantasy Costumes, Role Playing

    Several decades ago, fans of comic books and science fiction and fantasy genres in the United States started dressing up as characters from their favorite books and movies to attend gatherings. The practice came to be known as cosplay, a mashup of costume and role play. The colorful cosplayer outfits have now become a major attraction at events such as Comicpalooza, a multiformat pop culture convention held this past weekend in Houston, where VOA’s Greg Flakus prepared this report.
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    Video Syrian Youth Strut Their Stuff on 'Refugees Got Talent'

    For weeks, dozens of teenage Syrian refugees have been practicing their singing and dance routines in what is now their home, the sprawling Arbat refugee camp in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, for this one moment: a shot at fun and stardom in a United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)-organized show, “Refugees Got Talent”.



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    Jazz fusion artist, Stanley Jordan is known for his touch technique which allows him to play melodies and chords simultaneously. He can also play two different guitars or a guitar and piano at the same time.

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