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  • I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen Created: Friday, September 28, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 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.
  • Klezmer Music 101 Created: Sunday, July 16, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    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.
  • Rai Music 101 Created: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    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.
  • Bob Marley Trivia Created: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014
    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.
  • Cockles and Mussels, or Molly Malone Created: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    "Cockles and Mussels" is a traditional Irish folksong that tells the tragic tale of one Molly Malone, a fishmonger who died of the fever, but whose ghost still wanders the streets of Dublin. It's a...
  • Accordion Created: Monday, June 26, 2006 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 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...
  • Top 10 World Music Clubs in New York City Created: Monday, August 18, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    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!
  • What is the difference between Cajun Music and Zydeco? Created: Monday, March 20, 2006 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
    Many people, when hearing Louisiana-style music with accordion, simply think "Zydeco!" However, Cajun Music and Zydeco are actually quite different.
  • Red is the Rose Created: Monday, January 30, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 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.
  • Why Did Bob Marley Smoke Marijuana? Created: Sunday, August 08, 2010 Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
    Why did Bob Marley smoke marijuana? As a rastafarian, Bob Marley used marijuana ("ganja" in Jamaican patois) as a religious sacrament. Marley was often photographed with a marijuana spliff in his...
  • What's the Difference Between a Fiddle and a Violin? Created: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Well, as the old joke would have it, "You don't spill beer on a violin." There's a bit more to it than that, though, so if you'd like to learn ...
  • 10 Iconic French Songs Created: Saturday, June 16, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    These well-known gems of vintage French pop music, like Coco Chanel's little black dress, are perennially chic, and they go with everything.
  • How and why did Bob Marley die? Created: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    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?
  • What Kinds of Music Come From the Caribbean? Created: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
    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.
  • Best World Music Record Label - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite world music record label!
  • Best World Music Website - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite traditional world music website!
  • Best World Music Radio Show - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite traditional world music radio show!
  • Best World Music Venue - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite traditional world music venue for the 2013 Best World Music Venue award.
  • Best World Music Concert Series - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite world music concert series!
  • Best World Music Festival - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite festival for the 2013 Best World Music Festival award.
  • World Music Trailblazer Award - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite traditional world music artist for the 2013 World Music Trailblazer Award.
  • World Music Torchbearer Award - About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2013 Created: Monday, February 18, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Vote now for your favorite traditional world music artist for the 2013 World Music Torchbearer Award.
  • How Many Children Did Bob Marley Have? Created: Saturday, March 30, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Bob Marley had both adopted and biological children with several partners, but how many were there in total?
  • Which Musical Instruments are Used in a Cajun Band? Created: Thursday, March 28, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    A description of the different musical instruments found in a traditional Cajun music band and their roles.
  • Nyckelharpa Created: Thursday, January 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Learn more about this Swedish relative of the fiddle and the hurdy-gurdy.
  • Ipu Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Learn a bit more about this Hawaiian musical instrument that is crucial to the art of the hula.
  • Shekere Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Learn more about this musical instrument that is found in several African cultures as well as the Caribbean.
  • How Did Edith Piaf Die? Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    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.
  • 2013 World Music at About.com Readers' Choice Award Winners Created: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    The 2013 World Music Torchbearer Award goes to Swedish power-trad trio Vasen!
  • What is the Difference Between Ska and Reggae? Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    A reader wrote in to ask about the difference between ska and reggae. Read on and find out the answer!
  • Which Bob Marley Album Should I Buy First? Created: Friday, November 30, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    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?
  • What World Music Should I Put Into My Pandora Station? Created: Thursday, September 27, 2012 Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014
    Suggestions to get your Pandora station populated with great international music, from recent releases to classic tunes, and from artists all over the world.

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