All the tracks featured here were entered into World Music Network’s innovative ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition. Via our online forum artists from all over the globe can visit our website, upload a track and drive support via social media platforms. The winning tracks are featured on this compilation, and considered for other World Music Network projects. This unique approach promotes contemporary world music straight from the source. 

Highlights featured on The Rough Guide To Undiscovered World include Chłopcy Kontra Basia, a Polish folk-jazz band composed of female lead singer and clarinettist Basia and a two-part male rhythm section. ‘Hondo’ by Monoswezi seamlessly marries Scandinavian jazz and minimalism with traditional music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. ‘Sithi Shwele’ is by the ninety-strong Choir Invisible, personal choir of Desmond Tutu in the United  Kingdom. The mighty Krar Collective have a forthcoming album on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records label, and are heard here on the stomping track, ‘Guragigna’. Amadou Diagne, a previous winner who has recently released a full length solo album with World Music Network, is also heard on the gentle guitar led track, ‘Senegal’. ‘Thirty Years’ by Shanren fuses indigenous music from Yunnan, south-western China with indie rock, reggae and ska. The album is full of other diverse delights.

The Rough Guide to Undiscovered World is a single-disc budget price sampler, and is the perfect introduction or refresher to the informative World Music Network/Rough Guide brand.