Definition of world music in English:

world music

noun

  • 1Traditional music from the developing world.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet while he works within scales commonly associated with other cultures, his sound defies any overt connection to world music.’
    • ‘Formed in 1965, The Incredible String Band mixed acid-rock with world music and Scottish folk.’
    • ‘The festival features an authentic selection of performing artistes from the world music genre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of these ingredients - traditional songs, world music - in Italy encountered a series of blocks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's been referred to as world music, flamenco, Spanish guitar, folk, etc, so how would you categorise it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For many of us, world music means all things reggae.’
    • ‘So I would have festivals within the festival, centred around jazz, or early music, or world music.’
    • ‘Mickey Hart, longtime percussionist for the Grateful Dead, knows a thing or two about world music and field recording.’
    1. 1.1 Western popular music incorporating elements of traditional music from the developing world.
      • ‘Lately, they have been merging Sega with reggae, to create Segae - a new kind of world music.’
      • ‘All in all, this is not an essential purchase for either fans of world music or of pop 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.’
      • ‘As it becomes popular music, world music appropriates the past and tradition to effect a radical break with them.’
      • ‘Charlie, you've championed a lot of world music.’
      • ‘Virtuoso piper Jarlath has fused world music and traditional music to create a mesmeric and powerful sound.’
      • ‘Though cheerfully marketed as world music, a jazz spirit is in evidence, the combination of swing and substance with a light touch.’
      • ‘Over the last 30 years, Eduardo has collaborated with top artists from the pop, jazz and world music traditions.’
      • ‘Rap, jazz and so called world music have seen significant increases in CD sales in the past few years.’
      • ‘Here he splices together strands of blues and straight down-the-line rock with some folk, psychedelia, trip-hop and world music influences.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's blues music that is also classical music that is also world music.’
      • ‘He heads the world music department at Rotterdam Music Conservatory, the Netherlands.’
      • ‘Check out the world music section in a record store here, for instance, and you will find albums by pop groups from Taiwan.’
      • ‘He was creating a world music 25 years before the term was even coined.’
      • ‘He's already buying world music, so what's left?’
      • ‘The Sunday Specials had seen all manner of musicians perform, from classical to traditional to world music.’
      • ‘I read a Guardian interview that says you are constantly classed as world music, which they thought was wrong.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Combining the centuries-old traditional music he grew up with in Senegal with Western pop sounds, Maal is a world music superstar.’

Pronunciation

world music

/wərld ˈmyo͞ozik//wərld ˈmjuzɪk/