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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear

Carnival season is already over in Trinidad and Tobago, but we're sure we're going to be seeing some wining to Machel Montano's "Ministry of Road" come Labor Day in New York. (Getty Images Latin America)

What's new to keep us chugging along after what was — at least in New York — a punishingly long and bleak winter? High-energy music that feels like a jolt of desperately needed sunshine.

This month, we've got five tracks that are all about joy, from a teasing Trinidadian soca tune from to sheer jubilation from an unlikely source: a young nun dressed in full black habit and orthopedic shoes.

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