"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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Several feel changes from strictly percussive to full orchestral. Ends on a piercing high.
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Celtic-sounding solo piece with a sort of drone bass line, apreggios, and a forte melody.
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Aggressive drum kit sound with warmth added by a B3 organ and conga. Modulation in the final repeat.
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Flowing like water, this serene piece is perfect for relaxation and meditation. The solitary plucks of the Chinese guzheng reverberate slightly, and maintain a steadiness that would work well for introspective, Asian-themed content. This would also work well for anything depicting snow, winter, or Rural Japan.
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Easy listening phone music. Loopable.
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Catchy Russian-sounding piece. With instruments and synths never used in Russia! Also a little Tetris-y.
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An odd mix of African pseudo-polyrhythm and modern overdriven synths. Major feel changes at both 30 seconds and 2 minutes in.
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While this is a party, we caution all the lemmings out there against the formation of conga lines. Things can, and have, taken a turn for the tragic out by the cliffs, volcanos, quicksand pits, coconut groves, tidal pools, and most tragic of all… the gift shop.
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Interesting mallet-only section in the middle that sort of has a dreamy-yet earthy feel to it.
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Loopable small composition reminiscent of North American traditional music.
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Whilst out walking and practicing the waltz down my block, this was the song that was going through my head. It isn't super-waltzy sounding, but it is super easy to waltz to. Comes in 3 varieties, Chill, Spritely, and HANG ON, THIS IS VIENNESE!!!.
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African-influenced short piece with continuous accelerando.
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Somewhere between Bollywood and club music. 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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Fast, far east inspired, suspense tune with Chinese zither or Guzheng.