world music


Definition of world music

: popular music originating from or influenced by non-Western musical traditions and often having a danceable rhythm usually hyphenated when used attributively

Examples of world music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The North Park store’s vast, ever-changing collection of vinyl offers everything from jazz, soul and soundtracks to blues, folk, rock, electronica and world music. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 Plans were in the works that year to host a world music festival with a group of performers from Mongolia. Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2022 Their sophomore set, 2007’s Global Drum Project, won the Grammy for best contemporary world music album in 2009. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 28 Apr. 2022 The Celebrity Series of Boston presents classical music, vocalists, world music, and dance. Globe Staff,, 6 May 2022 Planet Drum, the Grammy-winning, all-star collective led by the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and world music artists Zakir Hussain, Giovanni Hildalgo and Sikiru Adepoju, will return with their first album in 15 years on Aug. 5. Melinda Newman, Billboard, 28 Apr. 2022 The performance features ensembles from across the School of Music performing a wide variety of genres from classical and jazz to gospel and world music. Megan Becka, cleveland, 14 Apr. 2022 The group, a product of a 2017 reality show in South Korea, did have two previous releases that did well on the world music chart. Chris Willman, Variety, 28 Mar. 2022 Derince, the namesake of the band, is the Eddie Van Halen of the elektrobaglama — his fingers moved up and down the neck of his lute-like instrument with lightning speed, effortlessly connecting the genres of world music, folk, and even metal. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of world music

1982, in the meaning defined above

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“World music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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