Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 traditional music (sometimes called folk music or roots music) of any culture that are created and played by indigenous musicians or that are "closely informed or guided by indigenous music of the regions of their origin," including Western music (e. g. Celtic music). 2 Replacement for folk music as a shorthand description for the very broad range of recordings of traditional indigenous music and song from around the world.
World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres including some forms of Western music represented by folk music, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, traditional music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition, such as when ethnic music and Western popular music intermingle.
World music's inclusive nature and elasticity as a musical category may pose for some obstacles to a universal definition, but its ethic of interest in the culturally exotic is encapsulated in fRoots magazine's description of the genre as "local music from out there".
The term was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. Globalization has facilitated the expansion of world music's audiences and scope. It has grown to include hybrid subgenres such as world fusion, global fusion, ethnic fusion, and worldbeat.
World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the world.
World music may refer to:
World Music is a debut album by Swedish alternative band Goat that was released on 20 August 2012 on Stranded Rekords (Sweden) and Rocket Recordings (UK). It was hailed as one of the best albums of 2012 by The Guardian newspaper.
Usage examples of "world music".
Rap music fought for attention against world music and the whiny, high-pitched Chinese mandolins.