The Origins and Music of “World Beat”


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The Origins and Music of “World Beat”
World Beat music is a genre of international music that has been steadily growing in popularity over the last decade. From Surinamese “Roots” music to Burmese popular music, these musical forms have made enormous inroads into the Western market of the United States and Europe in a way that only twenty years ago, would have been impossible. Despite the commercial success and cachet that World Beat music has acquired in recent years, there yet remains a growing disquiet among those responsible for producing the music before its dissemination to the more affluent Western music market. These concerns range from the way in which Western music companies and artists freely repurpose the music into a collage...
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