"World music" is a term used to describe music from various cultural traditions around the world. It often includes traditional music from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, as well as folk music from various countries. World music can also encompass fusion genres that blend elements from different cultural traditions. It's a broad and inclusive genre, which primarily focuses on traditional and ethnic music from non-Western countries. It often features elements such as traditional instruments, vocal styles, and rhythms that are specific to a particular culture or region.

One of the key features of world music is the diversity of cultures it encompasses. From the traditional rhythms of African drums to the intricate melodies of Indian classical music, world music offers a wide range of sounds and styles. It also includes a wide range of instruments, including ones that may be unfamiliar to Western listeners such as the kora, the sitar, and the didgeridoo.

World music is not just limited to traditional or folk music, it also includes contemporary and popular music from non-Western countries. For example, reggaeton from Puerto Rico, K-pop from South Korea, and Bhangra from India are all considered world music. This genre is often associated with the globalization of culture and the increasing interconnectedness of the world.

In addition to being a form of entertainment, world music can also serve as a powerful tool for cultural exchange and understanding. It allows listeners to experience the music, stories, and traditions of other cultures, and can help to break down stereotypes and promote cross-cultural understanding. As the world becomes more connected, world music will become an increasingly important form of cultural expression and exchange.

Overall, "World music" is a diverse and vibrant genre that encompasses a wide range of cultural traditions from around the world. It offers a glimpse into the rich musical heritage of different cultures and promotes understanding and appreciation of the world's many musical traditions.

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Slight polyrhythms grow in the piece as it gains intensity. It eases back down at 2:30.
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Basic Salsa. Grooving rhythms and the Latin brass.
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A Tibetan atmospheric that is a mix of rhythmic and arhythmic sounds.
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Lighter and more fun small drum ensemble. Tumba, Conga, Quinto, Bells, and lots of Marimba.
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Scoring essentials. You know that one piece of music that you hear when you follow your character out onto the street, and watch them do... something around the neighborhood. That's this. v2 is the same as this but faster.<BR><BR> This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format...
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Suspenseful cinematic music with medieval elements. Also very mysterious.
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Bare bones island vibe without all the excitement and thrills. At about 2 and a half minutes in, it gets even less exciting! The mallet rolls are pretty good though. I used an EM1 Malletstation and real mallets. Makes a difference.
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Music from the 1400s or thereabouts. A quite lively little piece for your town or tavern.<BR><BR>This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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The koto in this piece follows a steady, plodding beat, while the orchestral strings provide a drone-like background. At 0:33 the strings crescendo to follow the melody of the koto, but at 1:18 the tempo slows and the strings fade away, only to return to highlight the final chord. With...
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Native American drumming, sometimes with rattles. The 2 main drummers are funkier than most Native American pieces.
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Native American drumming with clapping to the feeling of bird wings.
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One file that contains the same piece in 2 tempos; slower and faster. The slower version gives a more tribal feel - the fast one destroys that, and lends a slight edge-of-the-seat feel.<BR><BR> This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.