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.
The Music of Sudan & South Sudan: Divided Together
Sudan is a place that becomes increasingly more difficult to define with the passing of time. Once the largest African nation, on the verge of union with Egypt, Sudan is now a fractious pair of North and South, where land, culture, ethnicity and religion vie for the dominant means of constituting Sudanese Identity. This history of union and division has undeniably fed into the sound and customs of Sudanese musical practices.Read more
The Music Of Egypt: Ancient Civilisation, Modern Nation.
A pillar of ancient history and a flashpoint for modern transition, the music of Egypt is as plural as its identity. A closer look reveals it is as much a home to music and culture as it is to palms and UNESCO heritage sites.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
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