Definition of world music in US English:

world music

noun

  • 1Traditional music from the developing world.

    • ‘Formed in 1965, The Incredible String Band mixed acid-rock with world music and Scottish folk.’
    • ‘Mickey Hart, longtime percussionist for the Grateful Dead, knows a thing or two about world music and field recording.’
    • ‘So I would have festivals within the festival, centred around jazz, or early music, or world music.’
    • ‘All of these ingredients - traditional songs, world music - in Italy encountered a series of blocks.’
    • ‘For many of us, world music means all things reggae.’
    • ‘Say what you will about sitar music or world music in general, but without a doubt, Ravi Shankar is a superstar in his own right.’
    • ‘Yet while he works within scales commonly associated with other cultures, his sound defies any overt connection to world music.’
    • ‘The festival features an authentic selection of performing artistes from the world music genre.’
    • ‘Undeniably influenced by her Portugese roots and a range of folk and world music, the diversity of instruments and vocal styles on this album is breathtaking.’
    • ‘It's been referred to as world music, flamenco, Spanish guitar, folk, etc, so how would you categorise it?’
    • ‘I love pop music, I love world music, I love opera, so I want to do many things, and I don't hesitate to do them.’
    • ‘I was fascinated by this idea for a compilation album of world music.’
    • ‘After classical music, folk, world music, show songs, digital arts and jazz, the National Centre for Early Music is adding another string to its bow this autumn.’
    1. 1.1 Western popular music incorporating elements of traditional music from the developing world.
      • ‘Though cheerfully marketed as world music, a jazz spirit is in evidence, the combination of swing and substance with a light touch.’
      • ‘Lately, they have been merging Sega with reggae, to create Segae - a new kind of world music.’
      • ‘Charlie, you've championed a lot of world music.’
      • ‘The live music in each park also has a something-for-everyone appeal with funk and soul, rock and roll, world music, jazz, a barber shop quartet, punk rock.’
      • ‘Combining the centuries-old traditional music he grew up with in Senegal with Western pop sounds, Maal is a world music superstar.’
      • ‘Here he splices together strands of blues and straight down-the-line rock with some folk, psychedelia, trip-hop and world music influences.’
      • ‘As it becomes popular music, world music appropriates the past and tradition to effect a radical break with them.’
      • ‘He was creating a world music 25 years before the term was even coined.’
      • ‘Over the last 30 years, Eduardo has collaborated with top artists from the pop, jazz and world music traditions.’
      • ‘All in all, this is not an essential purchase for either fans of world music or of pop music.’
      • ‘Oh yeah, and just because it isn't full of indie bands, world music bands or hiphop/dance/garage etc doesn't mean it isn't cool.’
      • ‘Check out the world music section in a record store here, for instance, and you will find albums by pop groups from Taiwan.’
      • ‘Rap, jazz and so called world music have seen significant increases in CD sales in the past few years.’
      • ‘Jay Rutledge, the compiler of this album, had set out to reclaim world music as a form of popular music, rather than presenting an alternative to it or a rejection of it.’
      • ‘I read a Guardian interview that says you are constantly classed as world music, which they thought was wrong.’
      • ‘It's blues music that is also classical music that is also world music.’
      • ‘He's already buying world music, so what's left?’
      • ‘Virtuoso piper Jarlath has fused world music and traditional music to create a mesmeric and powerful sound.’
      • ‘He heads the world music department at Rotterdam Music Conservatory, the Netherlands.’
      • ‘The Sunday Specials had seen all manner of musicians perform, from classical to traditional to world music.’

Pronunciation

world music

/wərld ˈmyo͞ozik//wərld ˈmjuzɪk/