World Music Basics
From Megan Romer, former About.com Guide
- What is World Music?
- Starting a World Music Collection
- Finding World Music Based on Artists You Already Love
- World Music for Special Occasions
- World Music Festivals and Venues
- Tips For Attending World Music Festivals
What is World Music?
What exactly does world music mean? What counts as world music? What's the difference between "world music" and "world beat"? Read on to find out!
Starting a World Music Collection
Okay, so you've discovered that you like one or more genres of world music. But how do you start a world music CD collection? You don't want to pick any clunkers, so here are some of the very best of the best, to get you started correctly.
- I'd Like to Check out Some World Music, but Where do I Start?
- Irish Music Starter CDs
- African Music Starter CDs
- Cajun Music Starter CDs
Finding World Music Based on Artists You Already Love
A great way to discover world music is to pick an artist who you already love, and find similar artists. Here are some popular artists, and related groups that you might enjoy.
- If You Like Bob Marley, You Might Like...
- If You Like Celtic Woman, You Might Like...
- If You Like Matisyahu, You Might Like...
- If You Like Enya, You Might Like...
- If You Like Edith Piaf, You Might Like...
World Music for Special Occasions
Sometimes traditional "occasion music" can get really tiresome - the same old Christmas carols, the same old wedding songs, and so on. Luckily, there are many, many world music songs and artists that fit the bill perfectly for these situations, so mix it up a little bit!
World Music Festivals and Venues
CDs and MP3s are great, but there's really nothing like the experience of seeing an amazing artist live. Here are some great festivals and venues where you might be able to discover some great new world music artists!
- Top 10 World Music Clubs in New York City
- Festival International de Louisiane
- New Orleans Jazz Festival
- World Music Festivals in the Northeast
Tips For Attending World Music Festivals
So you've picked your festival -- now all you need to do is figure out how to have the best time possible while attending! Here are some tips that'll make it go smoothly.