"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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Brazilian carnival style music at an aggressive tempo. It is not possible to be unhappy listening to this.<BR> This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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A slow, trance-inducing piece of minimalism with a touch of melody in parts.
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Very simple polyrhythms and polymelodies. <BR> This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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Moderately paced driving composition featuring xylophone and cowbell. No, I'm not kidding.
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Quite a hip little tune. Also available witha cutting melody. You can <A HREF="">download this in uncompressed format here</A>! Download comes with individual tracks so you can make your own mixes.
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Named for a region in Rio, this Brazilian-style carnival piece has a deep dark thickness to it.<BR> This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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The constant reverberating sound of rain and the perfect-fifth drone of the strings are calming, but have an air of suspense and tension about them, as if a drama is about to unfold. The koto plays a near continuous refrain, at times forcefully. Evoking pre-colonialist East Asia, the piece is...
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Starts out traditional, moves to all-electronic, then a combination of the two.
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Every once in a generation, a song title comes along that perfectly melds with the music. This is such a piece. It could only be called "Club Seamus". "Club Seamus" could only sound like this.
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Simple oddly asynchronous piece where the percussion and melody get along, but in an aloof sort of way. <BR> This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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What do you get when you cross Phil Collins and Enya? You get a visit from the ethics department, and you get your funding revoked.
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Dramatic strings provide a dark background. Later drums reinforce this impression. Good for exciting video sequences.
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Short intro or outro. Usable for commercial advertising. Check out our complete series with over 100 intros and outros in every style and every tempo. Available at
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