World music (also called global music or international 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, Jazz, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, neotraditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition, such as 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 Roots magazine’s description of the genre as “local music from out there”.
In the discussion of classical music it is so easy to forget this art form and yet it forms the bases of contemporary classical music forms.
And so from now on, on Classical Journey, we’d always set aside time to listen to world music. Let’s not forget the foundation of classical music.
Our playlist today features Fatoumata Diawara, Anbessa Orchestra, Alba Griot Ensemble, Gaye Su Akyol, Imarhan, our own Seun Kuti, and Gurrumul.