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Jacob Edgar pulls a CD from his vast archives at the home of Cumbancha Records.
Jacob Edgar pulls a CD from his vast archives at the home of Cumbancha Records.

Cumbancha Records: world music with Vermont roots

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Walk into a coffeehouse or boutique almost anywhere, and you may see a display of brightly-colored world music CDs. Putumayo Records' compilations are famous for bringing little-known global artists to American ears. The man who discovers those musical gems lives right here on the east side of the Champlain Valley, and he's started his own world music label. Jacob Edgar has brought musicians from Central America, Asia, and Africa to his studios in Charlotte, Vermont. His latest artist, Chiwoniso of Zimbabwe, was rehearsing at a little farmhouse nearby for her upcoming North American tour. David Sommerstein stopped by and has this profile.

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Chiwoniso (left) plays the mbira at the rehearsals in Vergennes.

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