world music

noun

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

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The fest’s reliably rich spread of world music features a Latin highlight on Friday this year with performances from Orquesta Akokan, Las Cafeteras, and Orquesta El Macabeo. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason," 12 July 2018 The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F. www.thechapelsf.com Amadou & Mariam: The awe-inspiring world music duo, who met at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, has performed with acts such as Coldplay, U2 and Alicia Keys. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Aidin Vaziri’s pop and jazz picks for the week of June 10," 7 June 2018 Crossroads Music holds world music concerts there, too. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "To save the world, first they must save a building in West Philly," 12 July 2018 The tally lists the top selling world music albums of the week — generally defined as the native music of foreign countries. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: MAX's 'Hell's Kitchen Angel' Debuts as Hit Single 'Lights Down Low' Continues to Grow," 1 Mar. 2018 Combining elements of world music with electronic sounds and beats, the London collective hit upon a distinctive, life-affirming sound that brought significant European success and spawned a host of imitators. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Transglobal Underground's electro-worldbeat to brighten Concert of Colors," 12 July 2018 Montreal's annual jazz festival is a 10-day affair that offers both free outdoor shows and indoor ticketed events that feature rock, blues and world music. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Montreal Jazz Festival Cancels Slave Songs Show After Backlash," 4 July 2018 The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F. thechapelsf.com Amadou & Mariam: The awe-inspiring world music duo, who met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, has performed with acts such as Coldplay, U2 and Alicia Keys. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, June 15," 14 June 2018 John Butler is American but he was raised in Australia and his music has a world music vibe to it at times. Chris Haghirian, kansascity, "June is for I Heart Local Music, plus John Butler Trio, the Middle Kids and more," 5 June 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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world music

noun

English Language Learners Definition of world music

: popular music that is based on musical traditions from different parts of the world and that often has a rhythm that you can dance to

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