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After recording as "Kidepo," Jonah Mutono's switch to his real name coincided with his decision to come out. His debut album GERG is about reconciling that identity with his Ugandan upbringing. Forest Aragon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On His Debut Album, Jonah Mutono Embraces His Identity And His Name

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Betty Wright in 1975, when she was 21 years old, stands with a display of some of her album covers. Wright was already a veteran by the time she was out of her teens, having released four studio albums that included multiple songs that would be career signatures. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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R&B singer Betty Wright has died after a battle with cancer. She is known for a roster of hits, including "Clean Up Woman," "Dance With Me" and "No Pain No Gain." Gabriel Bouys /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Georgia Anne Muldrow was Robin Dann's choice on the last episode of Play It Forward. Muldrow moves the chain of gratitude along to saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. Priscilla Jimenez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Georgia Anne Muldrow On Building Worlds Through Music

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Lido Pimienta's Miss Colombia is one of the best albums released in April. Daniella Murillo/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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NPR Music's Top 14 Albums Of April

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To bolster the fun and success of her already chart-climbing 2020 single "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion manifested a remix from Beyoncé. Bob Levey/Getty Images for Spotify hide caption

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NPR Music's Top 14 Songs Of April

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DJ Premier is a purist at heart. He picks samples based on feeling and the beats he creates from them are all about honoring that vibe. That lineage has played out from his parents record collection growing up in Houston to his own expansive discography over the last 30 years. NPR hide caption

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Ronnie Dyson is remembered for his 1970 hit "Why Can't I Touch You" and starring in the Broadway musical Hair. Mark Anthony Neal argues that we overlook Dyson's influence as a transitional soul figure. Courtesy of Sony Music hide caption

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Ronnie Dyson: A Transitional Soul Figure Lost To Time

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