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  • Excerpted from "Flavor and Soul. Naples and Palermo were cultural crossroads where European, African, and Arab music had intermixed for centuries; the migrants who passed through these port cities on their way to the New World participated in the process of intercultural synthesis that produced jazz, the tango, the rumba, and other new song forms and dance styles which in turn traveled from New Orleans, Buenos Aires, Havana and other cities back across the Atlantic.
  • The Italian artist, who sold millions of records worldwide, died in Switzerland during a European concert tour. As his songs are played on the streets of his native Bologna, the nation is in shock. He leaves behind the melody of his greatest successes, songs that have spoken to countless generations.