Guide To World Music
Using informative text, combined with play lists and video content, we aim to guide you through the wonderful world of music from around the world. With text excerpts courtesy of the Rough Guide books, this section is a great resource and introduction into world music.
Each month we will be adding new articles in our effort to cover music from all over the globe. Sign up to the mailing list or check back regularly to stay informed.
Cambodia: From Dancing Angels To Dengue Fever
Cambodia's recent musical history is a a bloody one; the majority of musicians and singers were killed in the mass murders of the Khmer Rouge Regime. Nonetheless, traditional classical and folk music continue to exist. Popular music from the golden era of the fifties & sixties, has also managed to survived and was revived from the nineties onwards, in both Cambodia & its diaspora.Read more
Voodoo: From Vodou To The Blues
There are many popular misconceptions of the Haitian Vodou religion in Western media. Generations of colonisers and filmmakers in Hollywood exoticised the religion and mispronounced its name as ‘voodoo’ – now the most widely recognised term used to refer to the range of cultures historically related to Haitian Vodou and West African Vodun.Read more
The Folk Music Of England: Roots And Revival
England’s multi-cultural status has at last begun to express itself in music, encouraging a whole range of musicians to re-assess their roots and discover music that goes way beyond the usual stereotypes of beards, nasal voices, and overweight morris dancers.Read more
The Music Of Central Asia: Bards Of The Golden Road
The Central Asian Republics share a common historical and cultural background in the Islamic faith, except for Tajikistan, their Turkic roots. The area is a meeting point between Turkic and Iranian people, culture and traditions.Read more
Guide To Native American Music
In the early years of the twentieth century, North America's indigenous communities had little to sing about. Typically, their traditional music was banned or discouraged and they faced a depressing future. It looked as if their culture could either survive as museum fodder or be so thoroughly assimilated into the mainstream that its roots would be lost. But, there has been a dramatic turnaround, with music very much out front.Read more
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