World music (Music genre)
World music in its classic definition is a general categorical term for global music, such as the traditional music or folk music of a culture that is created and played by indigenous musicians and is closely related to the music of the regions of their origin.
World music in Features
Music Portrait | posted 11.02.2021
Far Out Recordings
At the epicenter of the Brazil craze
Joe Davis is the train driver whose bandwagon a whole generation of Brazil-affine producers jumped on in the mid-nineties. With his Far Out Recordings label, he became the worldwide representative of Brazilian music culture.
Music Portrait | posted 05.05.2020
Soviet Grail
Collective memory
Amid jazz experiments, electronic brutalism and psychedelic underground, Sergey Klimov digs for treasures for which musicians ended up in prison. With Soviet Grail, the Russian label boss traces the history of Soviet music. That is not so easy. Many of the musicians of yesteryear are dead or hard to find; the recording tapes are porous. It’s a jigsaw puzzle, but one that’s worth the effort.
Music Interview | posted 28.03.2011
Soundway Records
The truffle pigs discover the caribbean coast of Columbia
Californian-born Roberto Gyement is a truffle pig for long lost sound jewels in the latin Caribbean. In Panama and Colombia he’s been sniffing for rhythms like Cumbia, Porro or Descarga, which are little known in the western hemisphere. After a thorough selection and delicate remastering, they get released by the british label Soundway Records. His most recent compilation goes by the name of CARTAGENA! Cumbia and Descarga sound of Colombia.
World music in Reviews
Music Review | posted 12.09.2021
Tülay German & François Rabbath
Tülay German & François Rabbath
On the first of their two joint albums, Tülay German & Francois Rabbath explored Turkish folklore. The result from 1980 still sounds timeless today.
Music Review | posted 28.08.2021
Leo Acosta
Acosta
Another musical archaeological excavation has succeeded the label Mad About with »Acosta«, the last album of Leo Acosta released in 1970.
Music Review | posted 19.08.2021
Various Artists
Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection Part 2
Berlin-based label Habibi Funk presents »An Eclectic Selection Part 2«, a new compilation of overlooked music from the Arab world.
Music Review | posted 16.07.2021
Mário Rui Silva
Stories From Another Time 1982-1988
»Stories From Another Time 1982-1988« bundles songs with brittle nonchalance by Angolan-born guitarist Mário Rui Silva.
Music Review | posted 09.06.2021
Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band
Tezeta
»Tezeta,« Hailu Mergia’s first album originally released on cassette only in 1975, has now been reissued via Awesome Tapes From Africa.
Music Review | posted 06.06.2021
Guilherme Lamounier
Guilherme Lamounier (1973)
Guilherme Lamounier’s second album, a masterpiece of Brazilian psychedelic folk, has been reissued on Mad About.
Music Review | posted 04.06.2021
Renata Lú
Renata Lú
Renata Lú is one of Brazil’s unknown voices. Her self-titled debut from 1971 has now been reissued on Mad About.
Music Review | posted 31.05.2021
José Mauro
A Viagem Das Horas
José Mauro is alive! Nobody knew that when his debut album was reissued. Now follows the reissue of »A Viagem Das Horas« on Far Out.
Music Review | posted 08.05.2021
Ziad Rahbani
Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?
With the reissue to »Bennesbeh Labokra… Chou?« the French label WeWantSounds expands the view on the work of the Lebanese musician Ziad Rahbani.
Music Review | posted 21.04.2021
José Carlos Schwarz & Le Cobiana Djazz
Lua Ki Di Nos
With »Lua Ki Di Nos,« the Hot Mule label rewardingly unravels the life of poet, musician and resistance fighter José Carlos Schwarz.
Music Review | posted 07.04.2021
Rogér Fakhr
Fine Anyway
With »Fine Away«, the Habibi Funk label has compiled and reissued songs by Lebanese songwriter Rogér Fakhr.
Music Review | posted 30.03.2021
Selda Bağcan
Selda
The 1973 album »Selda« by Selda Bağcan is one of the best testimonies of Turkish music. Now it has been reissued.
Music Review | posted 25.03.2021
Various Artists
Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)
Darone Sassounian has compiled seven tunes for the compilation »Silk Road Journey Of The Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982)« on Terrestrial Funk.
Music Review | posted 02.04.2020
Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo
Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo
»Guilherme Coutinho E O Grupo Stalo« from 1978 is an archival find not available anywhere. Mad About has now restored the record in all its details and reissued it.
Music Review | posted 20.02.2020
Priscilla Ermel
Origins Da Luz
Just released on Music From Memory, »Origins Da Luz« brings together the best songs of Brazilian musician Priscilla Ermel.
Music Review | posted 21.04.2016
Various Artists
Wake Up You! The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977
The compilation »Wake Up You! The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock, 1972-1977« might confirm a stereotypical image of Nigeria – but has much more to offer.
Music Review | posted 19.04.2016
Various Artists
This is Kologo Power!
In Ghana the so called »Kologo« music is ever-present. Arnold de Boer from The Ex now bring this music into our living room with his compilation »This Is Kologo Power!«.
Music Review | posted 24.02.2016
Various Artists
Soul Sok Séga
Sturt Records has taken a good look at Mauritius – with their usual taste, they have chosen 20 curious tracks from 1973-1979 and have released them on »Soul Sok Séga«.
Music Review | posted 05.11.2015
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal
Musique De Nuit
Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal have recorded the largest part of »Musique De Nuit«, their second record together, on the roof of Sissoko’s house.
Music Review | posted 23.07.2014
Jorge Ben
Samba Esquema Novo
In 1963, Jorge Ben’s »Samba Esquema Novo« was the pioneer of a new musical era and made Brazil appear on the world map of pop. Now it’s been re-released just in time for the World Cup.
Music Review | posted 02.06.2014
Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
Toumani & Sidiki
Toumani Diabaté und Sidiki Diabaté are not just father and son, but have also perfercted playing the Kora. »Toumani & Sidiki« is a hommage to the instrument with 21 strings.
Music Review | posted 05.12.2012
Tunji Oyelana
A Nigerian Retrospective 1966-79
Full of lifeblood and with the heart at the right spot, Tunji Oyelana suggests a kind of happiness that can hardly ever be delivered in the form of music.
Music Review | posted 15.05.2012
Sidi Touré
Koïma
»Koïma« can be translated into »Come and listen!«. And one should definitely follow this invitation by the malian guitarist and singer Sidi Touré.
World music in News
Music News | posted 08.03.2021
Elias Rahbani
Exclusive Edition: »Mosaic Of The Orient«
The great Lebanese songwriter Elias Rahbani passed away in January. His album »Mosaic Of The Orient« is now being reissued. Exclusively from us it is available in a limited Red Vinyl Edition.
Music News | posted 28.01.2021
Radio Martiko
Obscure Greek music reissued
Two new releases with obscure Greek music from the 1960s and 1970s will be reissued these days via Radio Martiko: a compilation with Laika music and a collection with music by Tassos Chalkias.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 17.09.2021
Ross From Friends
Green Vinyl Edition: »Tread«
On November 5, 2021, the new album »Tread« by Ross From Friends will be released on Brainfeeder. Exclusively on HHV Records, there will be a limited green vinyl edition.
Music Column | posted 23.09.2021
Records Revisited
Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
1991 – what a year for rock music. The albums by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers released September 24, 1991 made rock become popular again. But »Screamadelica« by Primal Scream changed the whole genre.
Music News | posted 16.09.2021
Das Lunsentrio
Exclusive: »69 Arten Den Pubrock Zu Spielen«
The new album »69 Arten Den Pubrock Zu Spielen« by the Lunsentrio will be released on Tapete Records on October 22, 2021. Exclusively at HHV Records, the record will be available in a green vinyl edition.
Music Essay | posted 22.09.2021
The Beat Era in the GDR
Hostile takeover
Records from the Amiga label are widely available in Germany. In addition to pressings of international stars such as Michael Jackson, the Beatles or Bob Dylan, there was also a lot of music from the GDR itself that was released. Some of it is worth to be rediscovered.
Music Interview | posted 21.09.2021
José González
Taste Is Like Your Bum
In 2003, Jose Gonzalez covered the song “Heartbeat” by The Knife and instantly catapulted himself into the hearts and study rooms of so many. Now he has a new album, »Local Valley«, released. We had the opportunity to interview him.