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Updated Articles and Resources

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Updated Articles and Resources
  • Sitar Created: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
    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 Created: Sunday, August 03, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    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 ...
  • Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down Created: Saturday, March 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Do You Want Your Old Lobby Washed Down - Lyrics and History of an Irish Music Folksong
  • The Minstrel Boy Created: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 patri...
  • Ziggy Marley Created: Saturday, April 11, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Ziggy Marley was born to Bob and Rita Marley in 1968, and grew up to become a successful reggae musician in his own right.
  • I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen Created: Friday, September 28, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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.
  • Accordion Created: Monday, June 26, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 featu...
  • Irish Music 101 Created: Saturday, September 06, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 ...
  • Zydeco Music 101 Created: Monday, July 31, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 ...
  • How To Make the Most Out of a Music Festival Created: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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.
  • Peter Tosh Created: Sunday, August 03, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 n...
  • Red is the Rose Created: Monday, January 30, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    "Red is the Rose" is a traditional Irish ballad of unknown origin. It's sung to the same tune as the Scottish song "Loch Lomond," and has a similar theme.
  • What Musical Instruments are Used in a Traditional Irish Music Group? Created: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Learn about the types of musical instruments commonly seen in a traditional Irish music band or jam session.
  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole Created: Tuesday, June 20, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was a Hawaiian ukulele player who burst onto the international world music scene with his beautiful medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"/"What A Wonderful World". Israel Ka...
  • Ska Music 101 Created: Monday, June 05, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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 t...
  • Quotes From Bob Marley Songs -- Religion and Spirituality Created: Sunday, May 20, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    A collection of quotations from songs written by Bob Marley on the subjects of religion and spirituality, and more specifically, Rastafarianism." itemprop="description" itemprop="description"<...
  • Quotes From Bob Marley Songs -- Love, Relationships, and Family Created: Monday, May 21, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    A collection of quotations drawn from Bob Marley's song lyrics, focusing on love, family, and relationships." itemprop="description"> Sunday, February 06, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
    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...
  • Hornpipe Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    What is a Hornpipe? World Music.
  • The Zoological Gardens Created: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    This great old song about a young man and his girlfriend and their adventures at the Zoological Gardens in Dublin.
  • Solas Created: Thursday, October 09, 2008 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    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 & Dance Created: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    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 band...
  • Burning Spear - 'Jah is Real' Created: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    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 and Jazz? Created: Friday, February 17, 2006 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    It can be hard to tell what the differences are between World Music, Folk Music, Latin Music, Jazz and Blues.
  • I'm new to world music and a little overwhelmed. Where do I start? Created: Saturday, February 18, 2006 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    Where should one begin looking when starting to delve into the mighty genre that is world music?
  • Amadou & Mariam Created: Monday, February 06, 2006 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    Amadou & Mariam are one of the most remarkable bands in the world music scene today. They met at a school for the blind in Mali, fell in love and have been making music as a couple for over 25...
  • Rupa and the April Fishes Created: Saturday, April 25, 2009 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    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...
  • Three Lovely Lasses from Kimmage Created: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    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.
  • What is a Griot? Created: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    Those learning about West African music for the first time might find themselves running across the term "griot" a lot, and wonder what exactly it means. In short, a griot is a living library. Re...
  • Sara Tavares - Balance Created: Sunday, July 16, 2006 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    CD Review: Sara Tavares - Balance. Sara Tavares is a Portuguese woman of Cape Verdean descent who has recorded a delightful multilingual and multigenre CD, Balance.
  • Putumayo Presents African Blues Created: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    A review of the compilation CD Putumayo Presents African Blues, which includes tracks from Taj Mahal, Tinariwen, Issa Bagayogo, and many more.
  • Putumayo Presents World Yoga Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2014
    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.

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