Ali Farka Touré
Smithsonian Folkways World Music Collection
Graceland
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

International

In the Western world, "World music" refers either to music that doesn't fall into the North American and British pop or folk traditions or to hybrids of various indigenous musics. Certain styles -- such as Jamaican reggae or Latin pop -- grew large enough to be classified as their own genre, but everything else, from traditional Chinese music to African folk, is classified as world music. Worldbeat is something different than world music, since it's usually the result of Western hybrids and fusions, yet it still falls under the world music umbrella because it borrows styles, sounds and instrumentation from various indigenous musics.

International Artists Highlights

Ali Farka Touré
Ali Farka Touré
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Baaba Maal
Baaba Maal
Ravi Shankar
Ravi Shankar
Värttinä
Värttinä
King Sunny Ade
King Sunny Ade

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International Album Highlights

Smithsonian Folkways World Music Collection
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways World ...
Graceland
Paul Simon
Graceland
Getz/Gilberto
Stan Getz / João Gilberto
Getz/Gilberto
Wenu Wenu
Omar Souleyman
Wenu Wenu
Zombie
Fela Kuti
Zombie
Previsão do Tempo
Marcos Valle
Previsão do Tempo

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International Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Camino Gipsy Kings
Chan Chan Buena Vista Social Club
Dádrá
Ravi Shankar
Zombie Fela Kuti
Keep on the Sunny Side The Carter Family
Triste Antônio Carlos Jobim
Tudo Que Você Podia Ser Lô Borges / Milton Nascimento
The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) Harry Belafonte
Laylah Bar Kokhba
Orinoco Flow Enya

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