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 Niger: Sounds Of The Sahel
Niger has a diverse culture, taking in the largely nomadic Tuareg nomads in the north; Hausa in the centre and south; Beriberi in the east, around Lake Chad; and groupings of Djerma and Songhai, and Dendi in the west and south. All have their own disinctive traditional musics.Read more
Australia - Aboriginal Music: Following the Songlines
From the traditional sounds of voice, bilma (clapsticks) and yidaki (didgeridoo) through to contemporary singer-songwriters and rock bands, Australia’s indigenous music continues to evolve in fascinating ways.Read more
Zimbabwe: Mbira, Sungura and Chimurenga: Play It Loud!
Zimbabweans play the good-time music of suffering. A plummeting economy has brought Harare’s nightlife to its knees, and many musicians have succumbed to AIDS, but for those who remain, music is more important than ever.Read more
The Music of Malta
Cast adrift between the North African coast and Sicily, Malta has attracted a string of invading forces over the centuries. With a Siculo-Arabic culture and a Semitic yet Europeanized language, the islanders have inherited the art of oral folk poetry as well as a tradition of brass bands and street busking.Read more
Israel: narrow bridge/global village
In the small state of Israel you can find Jewish immigrants from 127 countries all round the world. They started to return in 1882 after two thousand years of exile in the diaspora, and they brought with them their traditions, languages and, of course, their very different traditions of music.Read more
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