About Contemporary World Music

Music and sounds of the world for scholarship and pure enjoyment.

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Key features

This resource contains important genres such as reggae, world beat, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music — Indian classical, flamenco, zydeco, gospel, gagaku. Part of Music Online: Listening Plus, this collection includes:

  • Over 200,000 world music tracks;
  • Browse by album, instrument, genre, cultural groups, artist and region or country;
  • Contains reference information including albums’ original liner notes, biographies, and production information;
  • Create playlists that can be saved, edited, copied and shared. All playlists contain their own permanent URL.

More information

Students and those interested in musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology and contemporary issues will enjoy this ever-growing resource. For example, the songs in this resource address issues of racism and fair trade as expressed by Lassina Coulibaly of Burkina Faso; social injustice in the music of Henri Dikongue of Cameroon; and religious freedom, from Françoise Atlan & Moneim Oudwan (a Palestinian and Jewish duo).

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