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Reviews of African CDs and live concerts
Reviews of African CDs and live concerts.

World Music Blogs - Reggae Blogs - Irish Music Blogs - Worldbeat Blogs
Blogs about world music, worldbeat, reggae music, celtic music and more!

Interviews with World Music Bands and Artists
Read what influential world music bands and artists have to say about the state of world music, their work and influences, and all sorts of other topics.

Irish Music Glossary - Terms Found in Irish Music and Dance
A glossary of terms commonly found in Irish and Celtic music and traditional Irish dancing.

Irish Music Lyrics - Lyrics to Traditional Irish Songs
The great ballads of Ireland are among the best-known and best-loved songs in the world. Learn more about the history and lyrics of Irish folk songs.

African Musicians - Musicians from African Countries and African Traditions
Musicians from African Countries and African Musical Traditions.

Publications and Periodicals About World and Ethnic Music
Look into these excellent world music magazines and books to learn even more about world music!

Record Labels that Specialize in World Music
These record labels specialize in releasing world and ethnic music.

Reggae and Ska Glossary of Terms - Words and Phrases Associated with Reggae Music
These words and phrases are commonly associated with reggae, ska and other Jamaican music. Some are common phrases used in song lyrics, some are cultural references, and some are musical terms, but they're all essential for ska and reggae fans!

World Music Movies - Movies About and Featuring World Music
Dozens of great movies (and a few not-so-great ones) have been made about world music, and dozens more feature fantastic world music soundtracks. Get the scoop on some of the best world music movies here!

World Music Artists on Tour - Tour Dates for World Music Artists
Find out tour dates for world music artists. When are your favorite world music artists going on tour?

2012 World Music at About.com Reader's Choice Awards
2012 World Music at About.com Reader's Choice Awards

Contributors to World Music at About.com
Contributors to World Music at About.com.

World Music Photo Galleries
Galleries of photographs of world music artists and events.

Putumayo CD Reviews
Reviews of releases from Putumayo World Music, and their subsidiary, Putumayo Kids.

Edith Piaf
Information about Edith Piaf's life and music.

Asian, Middle Eastern and Subcontinental Music
The music of Asia and the Middle East is extremely mysterious to Westerners, much of it is written with an entirely different interpretation of the musical scale. Throw do-re-mi out the window and check out some of this wonderful music and musicians.

Bands & Artists A-Z
Discover and meet the great bands and musicians who create the vast array of sounds and rhythms that make up world music.

European Music and Music From Jewish Traditions
Despite the fact that Europe is a relatively small continent, the musical traditions it holds are widely varied. From the Swedish fiddling of the North to the Italian Accordion, from klezmer to manouche, you'll find it here.

Festivals and Venues That Feature World Music
While recordings of world music are wonderful, there's nothing like experiencing a live concert. Find music venues and festivals near you!

Reggae & Caribbean Music
The reggae music of Jamaica and the Afro-Caribbean traditions of various other islands are some of the most popular genres of music in the world.

Learn to Play World Music
Learn about world musical instruments and learn the words to (and history of) some fantastic traditional songs.

Instruments of the World
Musical instruments from around the world, both rare and common.

Celtic Music - Irish - Scottish - Welsh - Breton
Many people are only familiar with Celtic music and dance based on what they've heard and seen in Riverdance. Discover how much more there is to the diverse musical traditions of the Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Breton and more!

World Music Awards and Honors
News and articles about world music awards and award winners.

North American Ethnic Music - Native American - Cajun/Zydeco - Quebec
Often, ethnic music can be found just outside your back door, you just have to know where to look for it. Explore North American musical traditions, such as Cajun, Zydeco, Native American, Quebecois, Polka, Appalachian Mountain Music (Old-Time), Cape Breton Fiddling, and more!

Radio Stations That Play World Music
Radio stations that play world music are somewhat difficult to come by. Many college and public radio stations offer a few programs specializing in world music, but with the advent of streaming radio on the internet, it's now possible to hear world music at any time, wherever you are. Find one here!

Reviews of World Music Concerts and CDs
World music CD reviews, concert reviews and festival reviews.

African Music
Africa is a huge continent made up of hundreds of different ethnic groups, all of whom create their own unique musical styles. From the Sahara to South Africa, find it here.

World Music For Beginners
The world is a big place, and world music can be very overwhelming for those who aren't sure where to start. Find basic information here to help you on your exploration.

Traditional Caribbean Songs - Traditional Calypso and Mento Song Lyrics
Lyrics of traditional songs from Caribbean musical traditions: calypso, mento, and more! Learn the lyrics and histories of these great traditional Caribbean songs.

Musical Instrument Photo Galleries - Readers Share Pictures of Their World Musical Instruments
Galleries of pictures of world musical instruments, with photos submitted by our readers of their own favorite world musical instrument.

Bob Marley
Learn more about the life and the music of reggae legend Bob Marley.

2013 World Music Readers' Choice Awards -- About.com Readers' Choice Awards
All information and links pertaining to the 2013 World Music Readers' Choice Awards.

Manu Chao Quick Biography
Manu Chao is one of the world's hippest and most popular musicians. His experimentation with world music, combined with rock and electronica, has made the genre cool again.

Jig - The Tune Structure and Timing of the Traditional Irish Jig
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The Rose of Tralee Irish Folk Song - Lyrics and History of the Rose of Tralee Folksong From Ireland
The Rose of Tralee is an Irish ballad written in the 1800s be either a William Mulchinock or a C. Mordaunt Spencer. It has become a favorite traditional song for Irish singers, and the Rose of Tralee festival, which is a sort of Irish personality and charm pageant (rather than beauty pageant), took its name from the song.

Angelique Kidjo, Beninese singer: Profile and Biography
Angelique Kidjo is a Benin-born singer whose amazing voice and remarkable stage presence have made her one of the most popular musicians in the world. Angelique Kidjo is also well-known for her work as a humanitarian, speaking out against the conflict in Darfur and the ravages of AIDS in Africa. Learn more about Angelique Kidjo's life, work, and especially music!

Vintage Gems From Reggae's Golden Era
Think you're a reggae fan? If you don't have these ten classics in your collection, you'd better think again... or at least load them into your iPod quickly, before anyone notices that they're not there. From international hits to influential Rastafarian anthems, these ten songs are crucial pieces of any reggae collection.

World Music For Meditation and Relaxation
In this hectic world, relaxation can be hard to come by. If you need some music to help you relax or to help you center your body and mind while meditating, these ten great CDs from around the world should help you do just that!

Music From Mali - 10 Essential Starter CDs by Malian Artists
Mali is well-known in the world music community as being a prolific producer of amazing music. These ten great CDs will get your Malian music collection started nicely.

10 Arabic Music Starter CDs
The world of Arabic music encompasses a huge variety of music both modern and ancient, and from folk, pop, and classical traditions. Arabic music can be a beautiful and compelling window into Arabic culture, so if you're not familiar with it, here are 10 great CDs from a variety of genres to get your collection started.

The Best Bob Marley Collections
The five best compilations and collections of Bob Marley's music on the market.

Contemporary Traditional Scottish Music That You Should Hear
Scotland is home to some of the world's most beautiful and timeless folk music, and the old traditions are continually being carried forward by a large number of wildly talented young musicians. Check out some of this amazing new-old folk music from Scotland!

Must-Have Ska CDs -- The Best of First-Wave Jamaican Ska Music
Though ska music experienced a resurgence in the 1990s, when it was fused with rock and punk, ska experienced its first wave in Jamaica in the 1960s. Traditional ska music is a combination of Jamaican mento with the then-modern sounds of American R&B and soul. Check out some CDs by the best artists from that time period, and discover an important turning point in Jamaican musical history.

World Music Albums for Children - Children's Music That Parents Will Love - World Music for Kids
Tired of the same old children's music albums? Check out some of these unique world music albums that are either made for children or are appropriate for children. Expose your kids to new cultures with world music!

Top World Music Clubs in New York City
World music is not hard to come by in New York, and here are 10 of the best places to catch your favorite live performers and world music DJs in the city!

Essential Bob Marley CDs for Any Reggae Collection
Every ska, rocksteady and reggae fan has at least one Bob Marley CD on their shelf, but if you're new to the genre, you might be confused as to where to start. These ten must-have albums will help you build your library properly.

Profile and Biography of Reggae Legend Peter Tosh
Peter Tosh was one of the original members of legendary reggae band The Wailers, along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. Though a Rastafarian like Marley, Peter Tosh became known for the militant nature of his reggae songs, which were in clear contrast to Marley's

What is an Oud? - Middle Eastern Music
The oud (or ud) is one of the oldest stringed instruments in existence, and is still regularly played today. The oud is an ancestor of the lute, and subsequently of the mandolin and guitar.

The History of the Accordion in World Music
The accordion is one of the best-known world music instruments, and people tend to love it or hate it. Learn more about the history of accordions, how accordions work and what genres of music feature the accordion.

"Danny Boy" - Lyrics and History


The History of Polka Music
Polka music is a form of European dance music which originated in what is now the Czech Republic. It migrated to the United States with Eastern European immigrants and remains quite popular in areas of the Midwest and Great Lakes Region.

How to Choose a Musical Instrument to Play as an Adult
Many adults would like to learn to play a musical instrument, but aren't sure where to start or how to choose which instrument to play. There are lots of factors to take into consideration when choosing a new musical instrument. Here are some things that can help you choose a musical instrument to play and enjoy for years!

"The Galway Piper" - Irish Folksong History and Lyrics
The Galway Piper, also known as Piping Tim, is a well-known Irish folksong whose origins are lost to history but whose melody still rings out in many a session.

"Slievenamon" - Irish Folk Song Lyrics and History
Slievenamon (or Slieve Na Mban) is known as the anthem of County Tipperary. Written by Charles J. Kickham in the mid-1800s, it, like so many other Irish folk songs, carries the theme of lost love. Read the lyrics and learn more about the history of Slievenamon.

Top 10 Myths About World Music - Debunking World Music Myths
World Music fans are all hippies. World Music isn't sexy. World Music is weird and hard to listen to. World Music is all in foreign languages. Sound familiar? Time to debunk world music myths!

What is a Hornpipe?
What is a Hornpipe? World Music.

"Dear Old Skibbereen" - Lyrics and History
The lyrics and history of

Musical Instruments in a Traditional Irish Music Group
Learn about the types of musical instruments commonly seen in a traditional Irish music band or jam session.

Traditional Cajun Mardi Gras Musician Pictures
The Faquetigue Mardi Gras Courir is a popular, albeit somewhat

Cajun Mardi Gras Bandwagon - The Bandwagon at Cajun Mardi Gras
The traditional Cajun Mardi Gras courir involves a begging ritual, where participants travel from house to house in a parade, asking each homeowner on the way for something to throw in the gumbo pot. A bandwagon - and sometimes many - follow the beggars, known simply as the

Traditional Cajun Mardi Gras Costumes - The Traditional Costumes Worn by Cajun Mardi Gras Riders
The traditional costumes of the Cajun Mardi Gras run are brightly colored and generally homemade. Aspects of the costumes are intended to mock the traditional

Faquetigue Mardi Gras Stops at Dennis McGee's Grave - Traditional Faquetigue Mardi Gras Run
Traditional Cajun Mardi Gras runs take place throughout Southwest Louisiana, and each run, or

Cedric Watson and Kevin Wimmer Serenade a Child at Cajun Mardi Gras
Though traditional Cajun Mardi Gras runs are usually a bit too rough and rowdy for children to join in, the younger set often enjoy watching the courir ride by, and sometimes offer coins to passing musicians. Children also get to join in at the gumbo party at the end of the courir, dancing and eating with the rest of the crowd.

The Gumbo Feast and Dance at the Cajun Mardi Gras Run - Traditional Mardi Gras Gumbo Party
The traditional Cajun Mardi Gras run ends with a feast and celebratory dance, which ceremoniously ends as midnight, which is when Lent begins. Throughout the Mardi Gras run, the riders beg for chickens, rice, and sausage, which they then cook into a gumbo for everyone to feast on at the dance.

Vintage Calypsos for Your Carnival Music Collection
Calypso music, the African-rooted folk music of Trinidad and Tobago, has long been the soundtrack for the Carnival season on the islands, and its popularity has spread worldwide. Need some good calypso in your collection? Check out these excellent vintage calypso compilations.

How to Save Money at a Music Festival
Save money at a music festival with these tips. Going to music festivals is a favorite summer activity, but can be deceptively expensive if you're not careful with your money. Here are some ways to save money at a music festival while still having a great time.

Tips for Taking Children to Music Festivals
Bringing children along to festivals can be a fun, and relatively inexpensive, way to spend a long summer weekend. Following these simple tips, though, will make the music festival much more fun for both you and your kids. Before you take your children to a music festival, read on!

Essential Django Reinhardt Playlist
Django Reinhardt was a prolific songwriter and recording artist, and his timeless gypsy jazz music will never go out of style. This playlist covers some of Django Reinhardt's most essential songs, some which he composed himself, and some which he covered.

Playlist of Songs and Music from Kenya
Kenyan music is very diverse, much like the country of Kenya. This Kenyan music playlist highlights some of the different sounds that make up Kenya's musical soundscape.

If You Like Edith Piaf, You Might Like...
If you like Edith Piaf, take a step further and dig into some other classic French music

Top Ten Books About Reggae and Jamaican Music
The best books about reggae and Jamaican music. From biographies to cultural studies, coffee table books to collections of essays, these books cover everything the avid reggae fan needs to know about the genre and its history.

Beyond Bob Marley: More Great Early Reggae CDs
If you like the reggae music stylings of Bob Marley, check out some of these related reggae music artists. This list includes Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, who were part of The Wailers, Bob Marley's early rocksteady and reggae band, as well as artists like The Mighty Diamonds, Burning Spear and Toots and the Maytals.

What To Bring To A Music Festival
New to music festivals? Been going to them for awhile, but still think your stay could be more comfortable? Use this handy checklist to remind yourself of things you need to make your music festival experience the best it can be.

What is an Irish Music Reel?
A reel is a traditional dance and tune style found primarily in Irish and Scottish music, but also in other genres influenced by those styles. The reel is one of the most common types of tunes found in fiddle music around the world, and stepdancers often learn reels as their first type of dance.

What Is Traditional Irish Music?
Irish music is one of the most popular forms of traditional music in the world. Irish music is unique in that it has remained popular and stayed relatively the same over hundreds of years, whereas other forms of traditional music have died out. Learn more about Irish music and the wonderful musicians who keep the tradition alive!

Boolavogue Lyrics and History
Boolavogue is a folksong set to the tune of an old Irish air. Boolavogue tells the story of Father John Murphy, a local parish priest who led his parishioners in battle during the 1798 rebellion in Ireland. He was tortured and executed by the British.

Jamaican Rocksteady Music 101
Rocksteady music is a derivative of ska music that became popular in Jamaica during the late 1960s, when reggae music was also becoming popular. Popular artists of the rocksteady era of jamaican music are Toots and the Maytals, Justin Hinds and the Dominoes and Alton Ellis.

The Wexford Carol - History and Lyrics
The Wexford Carol is a popular Irish Christmas song with English lyrics. The Wexford Carol is very old, and has a history dating back to the 12th century. Many popular versions of the Wexford Carol have been recorded.

The Cajun Mardi Gras Song - Song Lyrics and Meaning
The Cajun Mardi Gras Song, or

Why Did Bob Marley Smoke Marijuana?
Why did Bob Marley smoke marijuana? As a rastafarian, Bob Marley used marijuana (

10 Scary World Music Songs
These ten songs come from all over the world but share one thing in common: they're ghoulish! From a funny Jamaican zombie song to a creepy Swedish werewolf ballad to a frightening composition based on Chinese exorcism rituals, this list should frighten and delight you!

Cesaria Evora, Cape Verdean Singer - Cesaria Evora Profile - Morna Music
Cesaria Evora is a singer from the Cape Verde islands known for her soulful interpretation of morna songs.

Moontee Sinquah Hoop Dancing
Moontee Sinquah Hoop Dancing. World Music.

Moontee Sinquah Presents Another Bird
Moontee Sinquah Presents Another Bird

Moontee Sinquah Lets the Hoops Fall
Moontee Sinquah Lets the Hoops Fall

Sampson Sinquah Moves the Hoops up his Legs
Sampson Sinquah Moves the Hoops up his Legs

Sampson Sinquah Presents the Hoops in a Raised Formation
Sampson Sinquah Presents the Hoops in a Raised Formation

Sampson Sinquah Presents a Bird Formation
Sampson Sinquah Presents a Bird Formation

Moontee Sinquah and his Sons Perform a Traditional Hopi Hoop Dance
Moontee Sinquah and his sons Scott and Sampson perform a traditional Hopi hoop dance at the 2012 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY.

Moontee Sinquah Begins his Hoop Dance
Moontee Sinquah Begins his Hoop Dance

Moontee Sinquah Presents an Animal Formation
Moontee Sinquah Presents an Animal Formation

Moontee Sinquah Performing the Hoop Dance
Moontee Sinquah Performing the Hoop Dance

Moontee Sinquah Raises the Hoops
Moontee Sinquah Raises the Hoops

Moontee Sinquah Holds up a Ball
Moontee Sinquah Holds up a Ball. World Music.

Young Men Beat the Drum
Young Men Beat the Drum. World Music.

Moontee Sinquah Raises his Wings
Moontee Sinquah Raises his Wings

Scott Sinquah Performs a Hoop Dance
Scott Sinquah Performs a Hoop Dance

Scott Sinquah Holds Up the World
Scott Sinquah holds up the world.

Scott Sinquah Transforms into an Animal
Scott Sinquah Transforms into an Animal

Scott Sinquah Raises a Cluster of Hoops
Scott Sinquah Raises a Cluster of Hoops

Sampson Sinquah Dances with the Hoops
Sampson Sinquah Dances with the Hoops

Moontee Sinquah Dances
Moontee Sinquah Dances. World Music.

Lucky Dube (Reggae): Biography and Career Profile
Lucky Dube was a pioneer of reggae music in his native South Africa. Lucky Dube followed in the footsteps of Jamaican legends like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, with direct influences from his African roots.

World Music Torchbearer Award - 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner
The 2013 World Music Torchbearer Award goes to Swedish power-trad trio Vasen!

World Music Trailblazer Award - 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner
The About.com Readers' Choice Awards World Music Trailblazer for 2013 is Amir Beso!

Best World Music Venue - 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner
The 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner for Best World Music Venue is the Cedar Cultural Center, in Minneapolis!

Best World Music Concert Series - 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner
The 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Awards Best World Music Concert Series Winner is LA's Grand Performances.

Festival International de Louisiane - Best World Music Festival 2013
The About.com Readers' Choice Awards Winner for Best World Music Festival 2013 is Festival International de Louisiane.

Global Village - Best World Music Radio Show 2013
The 2013 Winner of the About.com Readers Choice Awards for Best World Music Radio Show is Global Village, hosted by Chris Heim.

Cumbancha Records - Best World Music Record Label 2013
The About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner for Best World Music Record Label 2013 is Cumbancha Records.

The Afrobeat Blog - Best World Music Website 2013
The About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner for Best Website 2013 is The Afrobeat Blog.

Calypso Rose Biography
Calypso Rose is one of the Caribbean's best-known female singers and an ambassador of Trinidadian Calypso. Learn more about this fabulous singer!

Bob Marley's Ten Best Protest Songs
Bob Marley was well-known for his songs of protest and social change. Here are ten of his best.

Canray Fontenot - Louisiana Creole Fiddler Canray Fontenot
Canray Fontenot was one of Louisiana's greatest musicians of all time. He was a Creole fiddle player who played traditional Cajun and Creole folksongs, predating zydeco music. Canray Fontenot is, even posthumously, a major influence on the music of Cajun and Creole Louisiana.

Filmi Music 101 - the Music of Bollywood Films
Bollywood films are grand spectacles that feature large filmi music and dance numbers and melodramatic plotlines. Filmi music, the correct name for the music of Bollywood films, has become some of the most popular music in the world, and certain filmi singers, such as legend Asha Bhosle, have become well-known outside of the Bollywood arena for their talents.

Introduction to Rai Music
Rai Music is a popular form of world music from Algeria. Rai music sounds much like pop music, but with Arabic and French musical influences.

How (and Why) Did Bob Marley Die?
Bob Marley died of cancer at age 36. Some controversy surrounds his death, though, as it seems that his cancer may have been curable. So why did Bob Marley die?

Celtic Music Christmas CDs
Add some Celtic flavor to your Christmas season with these Celtic music Christmas CDs. From Celtic artists as diverse as new age-influenced Enya to traditional Irish musicians Cherish the Ladies, and from Celtic lands as diverse as Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Cape Breton, you'll find a diverse variety of Christmas music CDs here!

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An index of categories in the

10 Essential South African Gospel Music CDs
Need some soul-stirring South African gospel to add to your musical mix? Look here!

Top African Music Starter CDs
These CDs will make a great beginning to your African music collection. They represent a wide variety of styles and genres and will be just the thing you need to get you started.

Native American Flute Music - 11 Essential CDs
These eleven great CDs from Native North American flute masters are guaranteed to soothe, stimulate, and most importantly, open up a window to a beautiful ancient musical tradition.

Reggae Music CDs for Kids (and Their Parents, Too!)
Kids love reggae music. It's upbeat, fun, and great for dancing. However, it can sometimes be difficult to find reggae music that has lyrics appropriate for kids, or about themes that children can relate to. Look here for some reggae CDs that are specifically made for children and that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Traditional Cajun Music Starter CDs
In order to truly understand Cajun music, it's best to listen to some of the trailblazers of the genre. Here are ten great Cajun cds to get you started.

Yoga Music - Invigorate Your Practice With Modern Yoga Music
For many of us, music is essential to a great yoga practice -- it helps us focus, provides motivation, and generally makes the whole thing more enjoyable. Unfortunately, much of the yoga music on the market is cheesy and barely-listenable. What's a music snob to do? Look no further -- these great modern yoga CDs will soundtrack any flow nicely.

9 Essential Cape Breton Music Starter CDs -
Cape Breton Island, one of the most beautiful places in Canada, is part of Nova Scotia (Latin for

CDs For Francophiles - Music in the French Language - International French Music
Love the French language and want to discover some more music in French? Look no further, these ten french language cds will get your collection started nicely!

Essential Zydeco Music Starter CDs
Zydeco is a vibrant genre of music created by the fusion of African, French, Spanish, Native American, and other international influences, all of which came together in Southwest Louisiana. Get to know zydeco music with some of these essential starter CDs.

10 World Musical Instruments Every Family Should Own
If you're looking to start a great musical instrument collection for your kids (or the whole family!), these ten relatively simple and fairly cheap instruments from around the world will get you started nicely.

10 Flamenco Music CDs to Start Your Collection
Want to build up a collection of flamenco music? Start with these ten great discs from artists both classic and contemporary.

If You Like Celtic Woman - Artists Similar to Celtic Woman
Celtic Woman is a worldwide phenomenon that has, much as Riverdance once did, brought Irish music to the world stage. If you like Celtic Woman and need some ideas for more CDs that you might enjoy, check out this list, which includes artists like Enya, Karan Casey, Cherish the Ladies, and Loreena McKennitt, among others.

Jewish Reggae CDs
With the popularity of Matisyahu, a Hasidic reggae rapper, interest is growing in other Jewish Reggae music. Check out some of these great artists who are incorporating Jewish traditions with Reggae.

Top Ten Irish Music Starter CDs
The musical traditions of Ireland are among the world's most beloved. If you're a beginner to the genre, check out these wonderful Irish music starter CDs!

If You Like Enya - Artists Similar to Enya
If you like Irish New Age Singer Enya, you might also like Loreena McKennitt, Sissel, Enigma and Maire Brennan, as well as some of these other New Age artists.

What Is a Tin Whistle or Penny Whistle?
The tin whistle is a simple traditional woodwind instrument that is commonly found in Irish music and other genres of Celtic music. The tin whistle is also called a penny whistle and, despite its simplicity, can be played with a great deal of nuance and dynamics by great players.

Portuguese Fado Music - Top 10 Essential Starter CDs
Fado is Portugal's answer to jazz -- an urban genre of folk music that sprang up in a port city where folks from many walks of life and ethnic backgrounds intermingled. It's beautiful and sad and absolutely worth your time to explore. Here are some CDs to get you started.

Fun Facts About Bob Marley's Life and Music
Want to know some fun and interesting trivia about Bob Marley? Look no further for some fun facts about Bob Marley's life and music, and other Bob Marley trivia.

5 Great African Reggae CDs
Though reggae initiated in Jamaica, its sound is decidedly rooted in African rhythms. Thus, it's no surprise that reggae is wildly popular in Africa, and that dozens of African reggae artists have contributed to the development of the genre. Here are some great CDs to get your African reggae collection started.

5 Essential Gregorian Chant Starter CDs
Gregorian Chant, a form of devotional plainsong that's been part of the Christian tradition for nearly 2000 years, is among the oldest forms of traditional Christian music. This simple, intense music has regained popularity in the past couple of decades, gaining particular popularity among Christians seeking music for meditation and prayer. To begin your own collection, start with these five essential Gregorian Chant CDs!

How To Make The Most out of a Music Festival
There are few better ways to experience live music than through a music festival. Here are some tips to make your music festival experience the best it can be.

Cheikh Lo, Playing Guitar at Festival International 2012
A picture of Cheikh Lo playing his guitar at Festival International 2012.

The Guitar Player in Cheikh Lo's Band
An image of the guitar player in Cheikh Lo's band, performing at Festival International.

Cheikh Lo's Saxophone Player
A picture of the saxophone player in Cheikh Lo's band, performing at Festival International de Louisiane, 2012.

Cheikh Lo, Playing Electric Guitar
A picture of Cheikh Lo, playing guitar. This picture was taken at Festival International de Louisiane, 2012.

Cheikh Lo's Conga Player, Performing at Festival International 2012
A photograph of Cheikh Lo's conga player, taken at Festival International 2012.

Cheikh Lo, Singing at Festival International 2012
A picture of Cheikh Lo, singing at Festival International 2012.

Cheikh Lo Playing Guitar
Cheikh Lo performing at Festival International 2012.

Cheikh Lo's Saxophone Player
A photograph of Cheikh Lo's saxophone player, who performed with the band at 2012's Festival International de Louisiane.

Cheikh Lo's Guitar Player
A photograph of the guitar player in Cheikh Lo's band, performing at Festival International de Louisiane, 2012.

Talking Drum Player in Cheikh Lo's Band
A photograph of the talking drum player in Cheikh Lo's band, performing at Festival International de Louisiane 2012.

Drummer in Cheikh Lo's Band
The drummer in Cheikh Lo's band, performing at Festival International 2012.

Conga Player in Cheikh Lo's Band
The conga player in Cheikh Lo's band performs at Festival International de Louisiane, 2012.

The Guitar Player in Cheikh Lo's Band
A picture of the guitar player in Cheikh Lo's band, performing at Festival International 2012.

Cheikh Lo's Bass Player
The bass player with Cheikh Lo's band, performing at Festival International 2012.

Cheikh Lo Performed at Festival International de Louisiane on April 27, 2012
A photo gallery of Senegalese musician Cheikh Lo and his band performing at Festival International de Louisiane on April 27, 2012.

Why Are Bagpipes a Part of Funerals?
Why are bagpipes customarily played at funerals of police officers, firefighters, soldiers and other state figures? What is the history of funeral bagpipes?

Edith Piaf - the Little Sparrow - Profile and Biography
Edith Piaf is considered by many to be the greatest French singer of all time. Her tragic life is shrouded in mystery and legend -- learn more about it here!

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Quick Biography
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was a Hawaiian ukulele player who burst onto the international world music scene with his beautiful medley of

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8 Great CDs for Hanukkah - From Classical to Klezmer
Hanukkah is a wonderful, festive holiday that deserves an excellent soundtrack. However, the pickings are fairly slim when it comes to great Hanukkah CDs. We've found eight great ones for your listening pleasure -- perhaps one for each night of the holiday?

Best Love Songs by Bob Marley - Romance, Reggae Style
Bob Marley is best-known for his songs about social issues, peace, justice, and revolution, but Bob Marley also wrote and performed dozens of beautiful love songs. Read on for some of the best love songs that Bob Marley ever wrote.

Bob Marley - Profile and Biography
Bob Marley was undoubtedly the most influential Jamaican musician of all time. His popularity was widespread, and continues to be so, 25 years after his death. Learn more about this legend of reggae music.

How Many Children Did Bob Marley Have?
Bob Marley had both adopted and biological children with several partners, but how many were there in total?

Classic Chansons From the Golden Era of French Pop
These well-known gems of vintage French pop music, like Coco Chanel's little black dress, are perennially chic, and they go with everything.

Zydeco Music 101 - The Music of Louisiana Creoles
Zydeco music, and its close relative, Cajun music, is one of the most exciting and vibrant genres of world music in the world. Zydeco is the bluesy, highly syncopated music of the French speaking Creole people of Southwest Louisiana. Learn more about Zydeco!

All About Jamaican Music Genres and Artists
Jamaican music is some of the most popular music in the world. Trailblazers like Bob Marley put the music of Jamaica on the map, but the history of Jamaican music is peppered with hundreds of amazing artists and dozens of amazing genres. Learn more about Jamaican music!

'Au Clair De La Lune' Lyrics and Translation
Au Clair de la Lune is an early French folksong, which dates back to at least the mid-18th century. The earliest known recording of the human voice is of an unknown woman singing Au Clair de la Lune.

What's the Difference Between a Fiddle and a Violin?
What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Well, as the old joke would have it,

Ziggy Marley Quick Biography
Ziggy Marley was born to Bob and Rita Marley in 1968, and grew up to become a successful reggae musician in his own right.

Reggae Music and Reggae History 101
Reggae music, Jamaica's best-known export, is a genre that got its start in Kingston in the 1960s, and was brought to popularity by artists like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh

Introduction and History of Ska Music
Ska music is by far one of the most popular genres of world music. Ska music has been through several incarnations, from traditional Jamaican ska to second-wave two-tone ska and finally American third-wave ska, which fused ska and punk music.

What's the Difference Between Ska and Reggae?
A reader wrote in to ask about the difference between ska and reggae. Read on and find out the answer!

Bob Marley Quotes About Love, Family, and Relationships
A collection of quotations drawn from Bob Marley's song lyrics, focusing on love, family, and relationships.

Bob Marley Quotes - Religion and Spirituality
A collection of quotations from songs written by Bob Marley on the subjects of religion and spirituality, and more specifically, Rastafarianism.

What Was Bob Marley's Religion?
Learn more about the Rastafarian religious beliefs and practices of reggae legend Bob Marley.

Top Ten Bob Marley Song Covers by Non-Reggae Artists
Bob Marley is one of the most covered musical artists in history, but very few non-reggae artists seem to cover his songs, and when they do, it's often unsuccessful. Occasionally, though, a gem has broken through. Here are the Top Ten covers of Bob Marley songs done by non-reggae artists.

What's That Song from the Rice Krispies Commercial?
A reader wrote in a few days ago with a short but sweet request: Could you tell me what the song is in the Rice Krispies commercial that they've been

World Music: Album Recommendations and Playlists
Learn about global music including musicians from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Browse album recommendations and artist biographies.

What Is a Sitar (Instrument)?
A sitar is a stringed instrument used in Indian Classical Music. The sitar has also been used by western rock musicians such as the Beatles. Learn more about the sitar!

Toasting - Reggae, Ska, Dancehall and Jamaican Music
Toasting is a style of lyrical chanting which, in Jamaican and other African-inspired musical traditions, involves a deejay chanting over a rhythm. Toasting, as it is used in dancehall music, was the predecessor to modern rap and hip-hop.

"Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down" Lyrics
Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down - Lyrics and History of an Irish Music Folksong

The Minstrel Boy - Irish Folksong Lyrics
The Minstrel Boy is an Irish folksong written by Thomas Moore. It was originally written in honor of his friends who died during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and later gained popularity as a patriotic song for Irishmen worldwide, including Irish-American Civil War regiments. Learn more about the lyrics and history of The Minstrel Boy.

"I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" - History & Lyrics
Learn more about the history of this public domain song, written by Thomas Paine Westendorf, which has found a home in the Irish music repertoire despite its American origins.

Red is the Rose - Traditional Irish Ballad Lyrics


Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Songs from a Zulu Farm CD Review - Review of Ladysmith Black Mambazo's 2011 Release 'Songs From a Zulu Farm'
Songs From a Zulu Farm is a 2011 CD from Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The CD takes Ladysmith Black Mambazo back to their roots: Zulu folk songs, of the sort sung by parents to their children. Read my review of Songs From a Zulu Farm.

The Zoological Gardens -- Irish Folk Song History and Lyrics
This great old song about a young man and his girlfriend and their adventures at the Zoological Gardens in Dublin.

Solas Profile and Biography - Irish Music Group Solas
Solas is one of the most popular current Irish music groups. The members of Solas come from both the United States and Ireland, and the band tours internationally.

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance - Trumansburg GrassRoots Festival - World Music Festival
The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, or GrassRoots for short, is one of the most established world music camping festivals in the Northeast. Annually, they present over 60 bands on four stages for four days.

Burning Spear - Jah is Real - CD Review of Burning Spear's Jah is Real
Jah is Real is a 2008 release from roots reggae legend Burning Spear. Jah is Real was nominated for a Grammy Award, and deservedly so - it's a great back-to-basics CD from Burning Spear.

What is the difference between World Music, Folk Music, Latin Music, Jazz and Blues?
It can be hard to tell what the differences are between World Music, Folk Music, Latin Music, Jazz and Blues.

I'd Like to Check Out Some World Music, But I Don't Know Where To Start! - Where to Start With World Music
Where should one begin looking when starting to delve into the mighty genre that is world music?

Rupa and the April Fishes Profile and Biography - Rupa and the April Fishes Music
Rupa and the April Fishes are a San Francisco-based world music band. Blending French cafe music, Latin rhythms, and a vintage cabaret vibe with various world influences, Rupa and the April Fishes are a favorite up-and-coming band on the world music scene.

Three Lovely Lasses from Kimmage - Irish Folk Song Lyrics and History
Three Lovely Lasses from Kimmage is a good old Irish folksong of slightly murky origin. Presented here are the few bits that we do know about it, plus lyrics.

Putumayo Presents African Blues CD Review
A review of the compilation CD Putumayo Presents African Blues, which includes tracks from Taj Mahal, Tinariwen, Issa Bagayogo, and many more.

CD Review: Putumayo Presents World Yoga
A review of Putumayo World Music's release 'Putumayo Presents World Yoga,' a collection of songs from both yoga-based and non-yoga-based musical traditions that follows the arc of a yoga class.

Ladysmith Black Mambaze - Ilembe - Honoring Shaka Zulu - CD Review of Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Ilembe - Honoring Shaka Zulu
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu is the 2008 offering from seminal South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Shaka Zulu was a hugely important leader for the Zulu people, and for their CD Ilembe, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have compiled a beautiful group of songs in his honor.

CD Review: The Creole Choir of Cuba - 'Santiman'
A review of the 2013 release, 'Santiman,' from the Creole Choir of Cuba, a group who keep alive the music of the Haitian community in Cuba.

The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Illinois - Old Town School Of Folk Music Profile
The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago offers workshops and classes in many genres of world, ethnic and folk music.

CD Review: Vasen - 'Mindset'
'Mindset' is the 2013 release from Swedish instrumental folk trio Vasen, whose mastery of their instruments and smooth, elegant style have made them an international fan favorite. Does it measure up to their earlier releases? Read on and see!

What is a Nyckelharpa?
Learn more about this Swedish relative of the fiddle and the hurdy-gurdy.

Karan Casey - Ships in the Forest - CD Review
Karan Casey's 2008 release 'Ships in the Forest' is a sweet, if slightly bland, collection of traditional Irish ballads performed with modern instrumentation.

Podorythmie
Podorythmie is a form of body music, where a musician -- usually a fiddler -- taps their feet rhythmically and loudly while playing the fiddle. It's found in Quebecois traditional folk music.

Putumayo Presents Paris CD Review - French Chanson Music - Paris Cafe Music
Putumayo Presents Paris is a new collection from Putumayo World Music highlighting some of the greatest songs of the nouvelle scene of Parisian chanson. The compilation includes songs from Paris Combo, Coralie Clement, Carla Bruni and Karpatt.

Tinariwen - Aman Iman: Water is Life CD Review - African Music CD Review
Tinariwen is a band comprised of Tuareg people, desert nomads who play a combination of North African music and American blues. Their latest CD is called Aman Iman: Water is Life, and it is simply excellent.

Oumou Sangare - Seya - CD Review of Oumou Sangare's Seya
Oumou Sangare's latest CD, Seya, is the first internationally-released CD from the queen of Malian music in six years. Read my review of

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Profile and Biography - The Story of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars is a band of musicians who formed in a refugee camp in Guinea after fleeing Freetown, Sierra Leone, during the Sierra Leone Civil War in the 1990s. A widely acclaimed documentary film was made about Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and the group has released two CDs and a collection of early recordings, and have also toured extensively.

CD Review - Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn
A review of the 2012 release 'Seinn' from Cape Breton vocal-and-fiddle duo Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac.

What is an Ipu?
Learn a bit more about this Hawaiian musical instrument that is crucial to the art of the hula.

CD Review: Easy Star All-Stars - Thrillah
A review of the Easy Star All-Stars' 'Thrillah,' which covers Michael Jackson's legendary album 'Thriller' completely in reggae and dub styles. Sounds cool enough, but does it work? Read on and find out.

What is the Pandeiro?
Learn more about this Brazilian relative of the common tambourine.

Loreena McKennitt - CD Review of Loreena McKennitt's A Midwinter Night's Dream
A review of Loreena McKennitt's newest CD, 'A Midwinter Night's Dream,' which is a collection of Christmas and wintertime songs. 'A Midwinter Night's Dream' is a wonderful Celtic Christmas CD, with Loreena McKennitt's signature touches, as well as traditional elements.

2012 World, Reggae, and Roots Music Grammy Winners - 54th Grammy Awards Nominees and Winners List
Read the nominees and the winners for the world, reggae, and roots music categories for the 54th Grammy Awards, to be held on February 12, 2012.

CD Review: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route - 'Borderlands' - Music of Central Asia Volume 10
A CD review of 'Borderlands,' the 10th Volume of the Smithsonian Folkways series 'Music of Central Asia.' The CD features Chinese pipa player Wu Man and a variety of Master Musicians from throughout Central Asia, performing cross-cultural collaborative music of the Silk Road.

Toubab Krewe Profile and Biography - Who is Toubab Krewe
Toubab Krewe have been catching the ears of many world music fans since they hit the scene in 2005. Effortlessly blending African music, which they've studied extensively, with American surf-rock, Toubab Krewe are breaking down world music boundaries in every direction.

Huun Huur Tu = Profile of Tuvan Throat Singers Huun Huur Tu
Huun Huur Tu is perhaps the most famous Tuvan throat singing group ever to emerge from the small Republic of Tuva. Blending xoomei (what Tuvans call Tuvan throat singing) with traditional instrumentation, Huun Huur Tu are ambassadors for Tuvan music and culture, but also aren't afraid to trace new musical routes by performing and recording collaboratively with other artists from around the globe, including Ry Cooder, the Kronos Quartet, and Carmen Rizzo.

Habib Koite - Profile and Biography of Malian Guitar Player Habib Koite
Habib Koite is an accomplished guitar player from Mali. With his band Bamada, Koite explores the boundaries of West African music, from the traditional to the modern. Habib Koite has found international acclaim, and frequently tours both the United States and Europe.

Slavic Soul Party Band Profile and Biography
Slavic Soul Party! is a New York City-based brass band that combines Balkan brass melodies with modern funk and various elements of world fusion. Wildly popular on the indie world music scene in New York, they're also favorites on the festival circuit

Aurelio Martinez Quick Profile and Biography
Meet Aurelio Martinez, the remarkable musician who is keeping the Garifuna people on the map.

Biography of Zimbabwean Musician Oliver Mtukudzi
Oliver Mtukudzi, known as Tuku, is one of Africa's best-loved musicians. Hailing from Zimbabwe, Oliver Mtukudzi's inspired songwriting, brilliant guitar-playing, and lovable stage persona have made him Zimbabwe's most famous artist and a household name throughout Africa.

World Music Genres and Styles
World music encompasses many genres and styles.

Portuguese Fado Music 101
Fado music is the traditional urban folk music of Portugal. Portuguese fado music is known for its sad, mournful songs and powerful performances.

The Spinning Wheel Irish Folksong Lyrics and History
Background of John Francis Waller's 19th century folk song.

Banjo Description, Styles and History
The banjo is considered by some to be the only uniquely american musical instrument. Banjoes are descendants of African instruments, brought to America by slaves.

Pan Pipes (Pan Flutes) Instrument Profile
The pan pipes, and instruments very similar to them, are among the oldest known musical instruments. Their allure is timeless, and they're still played in contemporary and traditional music around the world.

Mento Music 101: The Early Folk Music of Jamaica
Mento music emerged as a distinct style of Jamaican music in the early part of the 1900s, although its roots run much deeper.

Introduction to Jamaican Dancehall Music
Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican music that consists of a deejay rapping (or toasting) over a reggae-like beat (or riddim). Some of the more popular dancehall artists include Yellowman and King Jammy. Many music historians believe that dancehall is a predecessor to rap, with the toasting style brought to New York City by Jamaican immigrants.

Music Featuring Fiddles and Violins
The fiddle is by far one of the most popular instruments in ethnic music throughout the world. The fiddle's portability and small size, as well as its voice-like sound, has made it travel throughout the world. Fiddle music is, almost always, music for dancing.

Introduction To Soca Music 101
Soca music is a popular form of Caribbean music that comes out of the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Soca is a blend of traditional Trinidadian Calypso and Indian rhythms. Soca has both traditional and contemporary forms.

The Connemara Cradle Song - Irish Folksong and Lullaby
The Connemara Cradle Song is an old Irish folksong. The Connemara Cradle song has a beautiful melody and soothing lyrics about the ocean, making it both a sea shanty and a lullaby.

Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) Lyrics Sheet
The Banana Boat Song, also known as Day-O, is a traditional Jamaican mento song that was popularized by Calypso folksinger Harry Belafonte in the 1960s. Learn the lyrics and history of the Banana Boat Song!

What is a Didgeridoo (or Dijeridu)?
The didgeridoo is perhaps the oldest musical instrument from the wind family that exists. The didgeridoo is native to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

How Did Edith Piaf Die?
Edith Piaf's life was cut tragically short at the age of 47, but her death was shrouded in mystery and the cause is somewhat disputed.

'The Wearing of the Green' - Lyrics and Background
The Wearing of the Green is a favorite traditional Irish folksong, one that speaks of revolution. Dating back to at least the Irish Rebellion of 1798, when wearing the color green (or a shamrock in one's hat) was an act punishable by hanging.

Cajun Mardi Gras Celebrations - History, Traditions, & Songs
The Cajun Mardi Gras celebrations in Southwest Louisiana are entirely different than the big-city bacchanalia of New Orleans celebrations. Learn more about Cajun Mardi Gras and the ancient traditions that it is based on.

Photo Gallery: Bombino Performing at Festival International on April 26, 2012
A photo gallery of Tuareg blues rocker Bombino performing at Festival International de Louisiane on April 26, 2012.

Kildjate Moussa Albade Playing Calabash
Kildjate Moussa Albade Playing Calabash

Kildjate Moussa Albade on the Calabash
Kildjate Moussa Albade on the Calabash

Bombino Singing, Kawissan Mohammed in the Background
Bombino Singing, Kawissan Mohammed in the Background

Bombino Playing Guitar, Kawissan Mohammed in the Background
Bombino Playing Guitar, Kawissan Mohammed in the Background

Bombino Takes the Stage at Festival International 2012
Bombino Takes the Stage at Festival International 2012.

Kawissan Mohammed Plays Guitar with Bombino
Kawissan Mohammed Plays Guitar with Bombino

Bombino Sings, Wears Sunglasses
Bombino Sings, Wears Sunglasses. World Music.

Bombino Singing
Bombino Singing. World Music.

More Bomino Singing
More Bomino Singing. World Music.

Ibrahim Atchinguil Emoud Playing Djembe
Ibrahim Atchinguil Emoud Playing Djembe

Ibrahim Atchinguil Emoud Performing With Bombino
Ibrahim Atchinguil Emoud Performing With Bombino

Kawissan Mohammed Playing Electric Guitar
Kawissan Mohammed Playing Electric Guitar

Rob Hillard - Quick Biography
A short biography of About.com World Music contributor Rob Hillard.

Castanets - A Spanish Folkloric Percussion Instrument
Castanets, with their characteristic clack-clack-clack, are a common and ancient member of the percussion family, best known for their use in Spanish folkloric dancing.

Kelly the Boy From Killane -- History and Song Lyrics


What is a Shekere?
Learn more about this musical instrument that is found in several African cultures as well as the Caribbean.

The Croppy Boy - History and Lyrics of an Irish Folksong
Learn more about this sad old song, written about the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

The Spanish Lady - Irish Folksong Lyrics and History


Yasmin Levy Profile and Biography
Yasmin Levy is a Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer-songwriter who has released four albums since 2000 and who has established herself as one of the finest singer-songwriters on the world music scene, as well as one of the most adept and diplomatic musical border-crossers.

"Whiskey in the Jar" - Folksong Lyrics and History
The story and meaning of the classic Irish folk ballad

Down By The Liffeyside - History and Lyrics of an Irish Folksong
Learn the lyrics of the Irish folksong

Tanya Tagaq -- A Quick Biography
A short profile of Tanya Tagaq, an Inuit artist who infuses the traditional throat-singing of her people with modern rock, orchestral arrangements, and a punk edge.

I Know My Love - Traditional Irish Folksong Lyrics
Learn the lyrics and a bit of background on the traditional Irish folksong

Interview With Thierno Camara, Senegalese Bass Player: Creating Music That Does Not Die
Senegal-raised and New York-based bass player Thierno Camara is a powerful and expressive musician whose interpretations of African rhythms have led him to be one of the most sought-after musicians in the African music scene in the USA. Read this interview with contributor Dorothy Johnson-Laird.

Luis Paniagua - Winner of the World Music Torchbearer Award - 2012 World Music at About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Luis Paniagua is the winner of the World Music Torchbearer Award in the 2012 World Music at About.com Readers' Choice Awards. Learn more about this Spanish composer, who specializes in ancient melodies and instruments of the greater Mediterranean.

Ashley Maher - 2012 World Music Trailblazer Award Winner
Ashley Maher won the 2012 World Music Trailblazer Award in the About.com World Music Readers' Choice Awards. Learn more about this powerful singer and songwriter who has immersed herself in modern Senegalese music and continues to create a new, bold, intercontinental style.

Cedar Cultural Center - Best World Music Venue 2012
Cedar Cultural Center won the Best World Music Venue Award in the 2012 World Music at About.com Reader's Choice Awards. Learn more about this fantastic Minneapolis-based performing arts center!

Celebrate Brooklyn - Best World Music Concert Series 2012 - World Music at About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Celebrate Brooklyn - Best World Music Concert Series 2012 - World Music at About.com Readers' Choice Awards

Festival International de Louisiane - Best World Music Festival 2012 - About.com World Music Readers' Choice Awards
Festival International de Louisiana is the winner of the Best World Music Festival Award in the 2012 About.com World Music Readers' Choice Awards.

Afropop Worldwide - Best World Music Radio Show - 2012 About.com World Music Readers' Choice Awards
Afropop Worldwide was selected as the winner of the Best World Music Radio Show Award for 2012 by World Music at About.com readers. Afropop Worldwide is hosted by Georges Collinet.

White Swan Records - Best World Music Record Label 2012 - World Music at About.com Readers' Choice Awards
White Swan Records, which was chosen by the readers of World Music at About.com as the Best World Music Record Label of 2012, is based in Boulder, Colorado, and specializes in music for yoga, meditation, and other spiritual pursuits.

Afropop Worldwide - Best World Music Website 2012 - About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Afropop Worldwide took home the prize for Best World Music Website in the 2012 World Music at About.com Readers' Choice Awards.

CD Review: Le Vent du Nord - 'Tromper le Temps'
A review of the November 2012 release from Quebecois modern traditional group Le Vent du Nord, titled 'Tromper le Temps,' which translates to 'To Trick (or Fool) Time' in English.

CD Review: Red Baraat - 'Shruggy Ji'
Red Baraat are a funk-meets-bhangra big band sensation. 'Shruggy Ji,' their second studio album, was released in January of 2013, and it's a scorcher. Read on for a full review.

Which Musical Instruments Are Used in a Cajun Band?
A description of the different musical instruments found in a traditional Cajun music band and their roles.

What World Music Should I Put Into My Pandora Station?
Suggestions to get your Pandora station populated with great international music, from recent releases to classic tunes, and from artists all over the world.

Which Bob Marley Album Should I Buy First?
A reader wrote in to ask a simple question: if I were to buy just one Bob Marley album, which one should it be? Which should I buy first?

World Musical Instruments for Stocking Stuffers
These hand-sized world musical instruments might be small, but they pack a big punch. Stuff your loved ones' stockings with something musical this year, and you can even break out into a jam session over Christmas lunch! Or not. That's fine, too.

Ways To Find New World Music to Listen To
Looking for new world music to incorporate into your collection? There are lots of helpful resources to get you started.

Edith Piaf's 10 Best Songs
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2013 World Music Readers' Choice Awards -- About.com Readers' Choice Awards
Everything you need to know about categories, nominations, votes, and the timeline for the 2013 World Music Readers' Choice Awards at About.com!

What Styles of Music Come From the Caribbean?
Are you curious about what styles of music come from the Caribbean? Look here to learn more about some of the great genres that come from these islands.

Classical Indian Music - Hindustani and Carnatic Music
The two main genres of classical Indian music are Carnatic music, from Southern India, and Hindustani music, from Northern India. Both use systems of ragas and talas to create a sound that is quite different from western music.

Trinidadian Calypso - What Does Calypso Sound Like?
Calypso music is a genre of Caribbean music native to the island of Trinidad. Calypso music, like most genres of Caribbean music, is heavily rhythmic and has clever, catchy melodies and lyrics. Calypso music was made popular in the United States by Harry Belafonte.

Fela Kuti - Afrobeat Pioneer Biography
Fela Kuti was a pioneering world musician who played Afrobeat music, a blend of American jazz, funk and pop with West African Highlife Music. Fela Kuti was also a major political activist who became a hero of the Black Power movement. Fela Kuti died of AIDS in 1997.

Klezmer Music 101 - Jewish Traditions
Klezmer music is the traditional secular music of Ashkenazi and Hasidic Jews. It is characterized by use of the accordion, fiddle and clarinet and is often played at Jewish weddings.

Cockles & Mussels - Molly Malone - Folksong Lyrics


Difference Between Cajun Music and Zydeco?
Many people, when hearing Louisiana-style music with accordion, simply think

How to Build a Celtic Music Collection
Is your Celtic music collection much too small? Or perhaps it's just a bit neglected and droopy? Click here for some ideas to help you expand it and get you on the road to Celtic music superfandom (or, y'know, just pick a few new albums).

Cajun and Zydeco Songs For Mardi Gras - Songs About Mardi Gras From Cajun Music and Zydeco Bands
Need some Cajun music and zydeco songs to soundtrack your Mardi Gras celebration? Look no further -- this playlist includes classic and modern Mardi Gras themed songs from leading and legendary Cajun and zydeco artists like The Balfa Brothers, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, and the Pine Leaf Boys. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The 11 Best World Music CDs of 2011
2011 was a great year for world music. With monster releases from world music mainstays and some excellent breakthroughs from lesser-known artists, it was a great year to be a listener, that's for sure. Read on for my favorite world music CDs from 2011.

How to Build a World Music Literacy Kit for Kids
Get some tips for what to put in a world music literacy kit for kids: perfect for libraries, classrooms, or even your home!

Best Gifts for Reggae Music Fans - Reggae Music Gift Ideas
Need some gift ideas for the reggae music listener in your life? Look no further - this list covers music, books, and more!

Music for Mardi Gras from Many Genres
Need some music for your Mardi Gras Celebration? Look no further -- these Mardi Gras playlists include classic jazz, rock, New Orleans Mardi Gras music, and even Cajun and Zydeco Music. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

CD Review: Putumayo Presents Arabic Beat
A review of 'Arabic Beat,' a CD released by Putumayo World Music in July of 2012.

CD Review: Putumayo Presents Vintage France
A review of Putumayo's March 2013 release, Vintage France, which sees contemporary artists covering classics of French chanson.

Gong -- Percussion Instruments of the World
A gong is an ancient type of tonal percussion instrument, found in various forms throughout Asia. Learn more about this Asian instrument.

What Are the Uilleann Pipes?
Learn more about these traditional Irish bagpipes, how they're played, and how they fit into the sound of Irish music.

Afrobeat Music 101
What is Afrobeat music? Learn more about this amazing genre of African music and those who created it, including the inimitable Fela Kuti.

The Rising of the Moon - Irish Folksong History and Lyrics
Learn more about this song that tells of the Rebellion of 1798.

Banna Strand -- An Irish Folksong About Patriot Roger Casement
Banna Strand is an Irish folksong tells the story of Roger Casement, a Patriot leader in the Irish Rebellion of 1916, and his failed plan to smuggle rifles into Ireland. Casement was later executed for treason in London. Learn the lyrics and some more history here!

Twenty-One Years -- Lyrics and History of An Irish Folksong
The lyrics and some scant history of the Irish folksong called

Avondale - Irish Folksong History and Lyrics
Learn a bit more about this Irish folksong, written about Charles Stewart Parnell, an unlikely champion of Irish freedom.

Courtin' in the Kitchen - Irish Music Folksong Lyrics
Courtin' in the Kitchen is a humorous old Irish folksong which tells of a scandal that took place in Captain Kelly's kitchen.

Lanigan's Ball - Irish Folksong History and Lyrics
Lanigan's Ball is a popular humorous Irish folksong. Learn more about its history, and get a full set of lyrics.

The Banks of Claudy - Irish Folksong Lyrics and History
The lyrics to the Irish folksong

The T'read on the Tail o' Me Coat - Mush Mush Mush - Irish Folk Song Lyrics and History
The T'read on the Tail o' Me Coat, also called Mush Mush Mush, is an Irish traditional-styled song that was made popular by the Clancy Brothers. It's a comic song with a fun sing-along chorus.

Tim Finnegan's Wake - Irish Music Folk Song History and Lyrics
Finnegan's Wake, or Tim Finigan's Wake, is a comedic Irish folksong that tells the story of Tim Finnegan, who dies as a result of too much drink but, alas, is revived by the whisky at his own wake. Made famous by the Clancy Brothers but also recorded by dozens of other Irish Music artists, Finnegan's Wake is a favorite among fans of Irish music everywhere.

Weile Waile - The River Saile - Irish Folksong History and Lyrics
History and lyrics of the tragic Irish folksong

The Old Woman From Wexford - Irish Folksong Lyrics
The Old Woman From Wexford - Irish Folksong Lyrics

Spancil Hill - Irish Folk Song Lyrics
The lyrics to the Irish-American folk song

Old Maid in a Garret - Irish Folk Song Lyrics
Lyrics to the classic Irish folk song

The Galway Shawl - Irish Folksong Lyrics and History
Lyrics to and history of the traditional Irish folksong

What Are Claves?
Learn more about this simple percussion instrument.

Bob Marley Song Quotes -- Quotations About Music and Dancing
A collection of quotations from Bob Marley's song lyrics, on the theme of music, dancing, partying, and fun!

Quotes From Bob Marley Songs -- Politics and Revolution
A collection of quotes on the topics of social justice, politics, and revolution, selected from songs written and performed by Bob Marley.

How To Help Your Kids Think About World Music - International Music Appreciation for Children
If you want to raise music-literate children who appreciate many genres and artists from around the globe, it's important to help them learn to think critically about music. Exposure to a wide variety of music is the beginning, of course, but getting them thinking about the music more deeply is a great way to help them really foster a deeper appreciation.

How Can I Get My Children Into World Music?
Tips and tricks for getting your kids to listen to (and enjoy) music from around the world.

Picture of Liliana Saumet of Bomba Estereo Performing at Festival International 2011
Liliana Saumet of Bomba Estereo Performing at Festival International 2011. Page 14.

Picture of Simon Mejia of Bomba Estereo at Festival International de Louisiane
Simon Mejia, of Bomba Estereo, Performing at Festival International de Louisiane. Page 13.

Rupa and the April Fishes Performing on Scene International at Festival International, 2009
Rupa and the April Fishes Performing on Scene International at Festival International, 2009. Page 23.

Walter Mouton and Wayne Toups, Joking Around and Playing an Accordion Together
Walter Mouton and Wayne Toups, Joking Around and Playing an Accordion Together. Page 19.

Walter Mouton and Wayne Toups play Tradtional Cajun Accordion Music
Walter Mouton and Wayne Toups play Tradtional Cajun Accordion Music. Page 18.

Picture of Mimerose "Manze" Beaubrun, of Boukman Eksperyans, Performing at Festival International 2011
Picture of Mimerose

Picture of Cajun Country Revival Performing at Festival International de Louisiane 2011
Picture of Cajun Country Revival Performing at Festival International de Louisiane 2011. Page 17.

Picture of Julian Salazar from Bomba Estereo Playing at Festival International 2011
Picture of Julian Salazar from Bomba Estereo Playing at Festival International 2011. Page 15.