Contemporary World Music

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Contemporary World Music is the largest and most comprehensive streaming audio collection of contemporary world music. It currently provides streaming access to over 1.5 million tracks, with new recordings added regularly.

The most comprehensive audio collection available

Contemporary World Music features music from 169 countries and more than 800 labels from around the world.

  • Focus on contemporary genres, such as reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing, and jazz.
  • Also traditional music—Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
  • Many titles are encyclopedic in their breadth of coverage. For example, The Voice of the People from the Topic label, a 20-volume series of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh traditional music, is included in its entirety.
  • Great complement to the more traditional recordings in Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries.

Contemporary World Music provides coverage in breadth and depth for world music, and is essential for musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, folklore, and performance studies.

  • More than 1,000 distinct genres and sub-genres available.
  • More than 1,400 cultural groups represented.
  • Data on hundreds of thousands of artists and ensembles.

Great recordings

We select recordings to feature the best of world music:

  • Acclaimed world music labels, including the entire catalogs of Topic, Playasound, Budamusique, Air Mail Music, Manuiti, Crossing Records, Lyrichord World Music, and others.
  • Recordings from the world’s great artists and ensembles, such as Ali Jihad Racy, Adama Dramé, Carlos Do Carmo, Parisa, Tran Quang Haï, Katrien Delavier, Hussein El Masry, Rassegna, Oedo Sukeroku Taiko, El Son Entero, Simon Shaneem, I Wayan Sadra, and Fawzy Al-Aiedy.

Relevant to a broad range of studies

The recordings in Contemporary World Music address a broad range of topics that are relevant to a wide range of studies including world history, sociology and multi-cultural studies. For example:

  • Racism, fair trade, and poverty, as expressed through the songs of Yé Lassina Coulibaly of Burkina Faso.
  • Social injustice in the music of Henri Dikongue of Cameroon.
  • Religious freedom, from Françoise Atlan & Moneim Oudwan (a Palestinian and Jewish duo).

About the Collection
Contemporary World Music is available to libraries worldwide for subscription. Available content may differ by region. For more information about your region, please contact sales [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com. If you are a public library, click here for more information about our related collection, Music Online for Public Libraries.

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