The Best World Music Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best World Music Artists

1.8k votes 300 voters 40k views 349 items tags f p @
World music is an easy way for people to describe the melding traditional and nontraditional music from foreign countries. Generally, world music refers to sounds from the non-Western part of the world. Known for its fusion, world music was term coined in the 1960s and also includes the incorporation of traditional instruments from other parts of the world that haven't been used primarily by Western artists. The beauty of World music artists is that their sound, while entrenched and grounded in Eastern music, it can mean any type of traditional sound as long as it's from there.

So, what are the best World music artists? Any list needs to have Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Jonathan Scales, Trilok Gurtu and Loreena McKennitt on any world music artists list. These are among the most well known artists in the genre and their music is as unique as any. They incorporate new age and foreign sounds that is not only unique, but allows for them to stand out from many of their contemporaries.

That said, it's up to you to decide what are the best World music artists. It's not an easy question, but ultimately it's your job to decide. If you notice someone is missing from the list, feel free to add them. 
This list answers the questions "who are the best world music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest world music musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular world music bands that you might've heard of. (349 items)
List Photo: user uploaded image
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 119
    - 10

    added by RagaNet
    Worldbeat, North Indian classical Sitar music, Raga Jazz Legendary sitar maestro has just released his third World music album called “Sitar Power III.” Standout songs are 'Sitar Trek,' a raga rock out excursion and 'East Indian Meets West Indian,' an

    ;
  2. 2
    + 44
    - 13
    Jonathan Scales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

  3. 3
    + 30
    - 9

    Qawwali, Ghazal, Fusion

    ;
  4. 4
    + 26
    - 7

    Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

    ;
  5. 5
    + 27
    - 8

    New Age music, World music, Celtic music

    ;
  6. 6
    + 7
    - 0

    Folk music, World music, Electronic dance music

    ;
  7. 7
    + 7
    - 0
    Clifford Borg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    New Age music, World music

  8. 8
    + 14
    - 3

    Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

    ;
  9. 9
    + 15
    - 4

    Fusion, Carnatic music, World music

    ;
  10. 10
    + 6
    - 0
    Jay Vaquer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Pop music, World music, Pop rock

  11. 11
    + 6
    - 0

    Rock music, World music, Country

    ;
  12. 12
    + 6
    - 0

    Traditional music, Folk music, Electric folk

    ;
  13. 13
    + 6
    - 0

    World music, Bhangra, Techno

    ;
  14. 14
    + 6
    - 0

    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, World music

    ;
  15. 15
    + 16
    - 6

    Mbube, World music, Isicathamiya

    ;
  16. 16
    + 10
    - 1

    Folk music, World music, Blues

    ;
  17. 17
    + 11
    - 2

    Fusion, Rock music, World music

    ;
  18. 18
    + 12
    - 3

    World music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

    ;
  19. 19
    + 13
    - 4

    Ethnic electronica, Synthpop, Pop music

    ;
  20. 20
    + 9
    - 1

    Andean music, Folk music, Latin American music

    ;
  21. 21
    + 9
    - 1

    Qawwali, New Age music, World music

    ;
  22. 22
    + 10
    - 2

    Pop-folk, Pop music, Folk music

    ;
  23. 23
    + 12
    - 4

    World music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

    ;
  24. 24
    + 12
    - 4

    New Age, World music, Jazz

    ;
  25. 25
    + 8
    - 1

    New Age music, Rock music, World music

    ;
  26. 26
    + 8
    - 1
    Banzumana Sissoko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best World Music Artists
  27. 27
    + 8
    - 1
    Alejandra Robles is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music

  28. 28
    + 8
    - 1
    No image

    Hip hop music, Ethnic electronica, Fusion

    ;
  29. 29
    + 7
    - 1

    Experimental rock, World music, Dub

    ;
  30. 30
    + 7
    - 1

    Pop music, World music, Classical music

    ;
  31. 31
    + 7
    - 1
    Bil Aka Kora is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music

  32. 32
    + 7
    - 1
    Hindi Zahra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Folk music, World music, Jazz

  33. 33
    + 7
    - 1

    Pop music, Folk music, World music

    ;
  34. 34
    + 7
    - 1
    Jaffa Road is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music

  35. 35
    + 10
    - 4
    No image

    World music, Instrumental

  36. 36
    + 5
    - 0

    Chanson, Latin American music, Tango

    ;
  37. 37
    + 5
    - 0

    Rock music, World music, Reggae

    ;
  38. 38
    + 6
    - 1

    World music, Classical music, Persian traditional music

    ;
  39. 39
    + 5
    - 0

    World fusion music, World music, Dance music

    ;
  40. 40
    + 6
    - 1

    World fusion music, World music

    ;
  41. 41
    + 6
    - 1

    Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

    ;
  42. 42
    + 5
    - 0
    Dembo Konte and Kausu Kuyateh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Folk music, World music

  43. 43
    + 5
    - 0

    Music of Africa, World music, Rhythm and blues

    ;
  44. 44
    + 5
    - 0

    Bollywood, World music, Jazz fusion

    ;
  45. 45
    + 5
    - 0

    New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

    ;
  46. 46
    + 5
    - 0

    Pop music, Folk music, World music

    ;
  47. 47
    + 5
    - 0

    Mbalax, Worldbeat, World music

    ;
  48. 48
    + 5
    - 0

    Kozmigroov, World music, Fourth World

    ;
  49. 49
    + 7
    - 2

    Pop music, World music, Electronic dance music

    ;
  50. 50
    + 6
    - 1

    Ethnic electronica, Celtic fusion, Worldbeat

    ;
350 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >