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Again, the old image of world music coming from pure local styles that stemmed out of the map places has given way to a more worldly, connected type of music, where the artists consciously decide what to put into the mix. At OFFest, cultures quickly mingle and the world grows smaller and even more tangled.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.