This World Music category is an easy way to find royalty free music that is essentially non-Western music is non-Western music with contemporary Western aspects such as for instance Western instrumentation or drum styles. It is perhaps a misleading classification as World Music by some is seen as all the music in the World which is obviously to vague a classification. Many see it as a combination of styles both Western and non-Western whereas some think of World Music as non Western folk and ethnic music. In truth World Music can refer to non Western indigenous music from classical forms to cutting edge pop using Western and non Western instruments that produce very distinctive non Western scales and sounds, think of the didgeridoo for example.
Ethnomusicologist, Robert E. Brown coined the phrase in the nineteen sixties but it was not until the nineteen eighties when the first WOMAD concerts began to highlight World Music in the Western world, this coincided with strong market campaigns from the record companies who were looking to expand their markets and musical horizons. Paul Simon's Graceland was a hugely successful album that perhaps highlighted the mixing of both Western and non-Western musical components and styles. Other famous Western musicians such as Peter Gabriel and South African born Johnny Clegg also worked to bring non-Western styles to a larger and Western audience.
You can instantly preview a piece of music in this World Music category by clicking Play on the adjacent Audio button, clicking the button a second time will Pause the music. While a preview is playing it is also possible to click the small Rewind button at any time to hear the track from the start again. All track previews contain an audio water mark which will be removed from the purchased product. Some pieces featured in this category may also be found in other categories.
By selecting any of the product titles below you will be taken to their product description page where you will also find more information and options relating to the chosen music track: some royalty free music pieces may also allow for free use as copyright free music.
All pieces in this category are royalty free music and can be purchased as digital downloads in either MP3 (320kbps) or WAV (44.1k 16-bit) format.