I really love world music and find it really sad that many Americans--perhaps because of the foreign language?--never really listen to music from other countries.
Amadou and Mariam are a duo of musicians from Mali who happen to be blind. I love the Middle Eastern and South American influences in their music, which I've heard described as "Afro-blues."
Senegal Fast Food from Dimanche à Bamako (h/t Hugh J.)
"We said we are all in the same boat, but nobody knows where we are going. It was like, we're all in this together, but nobody knows what's going to happen. So the best solution is for those who have gone on this adventure to a strange land to think about those they left behind in their country. If they're in the big city, they must think about their parents and friends who have stayed behind in small villages. That's what we sang about in "Senegal Fast Food," because the song about exodus, about people who are going here and there. People who want to live this way have problems, with visas, with the police, all that. The best thing is to pay attention. You are there, but you don't know what's going to happen."