The Best World Music Artists Bands/Musicians

The Best World Music Artists

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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. (329 items)
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    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

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    Jonathan Scales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    Qawwali, Ghazal, Fusion

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    Kozmigroov, Rock music, World music

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    New Age music, World music, Celtic music

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    Mbube, World music, Isicathamiya

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    Romantic music, World music, Jazz fusion

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    Ethnic electronica, Synthpop, Pop music

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    Pop-folk, Pop music, Folk music

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    New Age, World music, Jazz

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    World music, Classical music, Progressive bluegrass

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    Fusion, Carnatic music, World music

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    Alejandra Robles is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music

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    Folk music, World music, Blues

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    Qawwali, New Age music, World music

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    Fusion, Rock music, World music

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    World music, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    New Age music, Rock music, World music

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    Andean music, Folk music, Latin American music

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    World music, Bhangra, Techno

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    Pop music, World music, Classical music

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    Banzumana Sissoko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best World Music Artists
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    Bil Aka Kora is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music

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    Hip hop music, Ethnic electronica, Fusion

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    Hindi Zahra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Folk music, World music, Jazz

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    World fusion music, World music

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    Jay Vaquer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Pop music, World music, Pop rock

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    Clifford Borg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    New Age music, World music

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    Rock music, World music, Country

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    Pop music, Folk music, World music

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    Jaffa Road is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    World music

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    Blues-rock, Gothic rock, World music

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    Folk music, World music, Electronic dance music

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    World music, Instrumental

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    Pop music, World music, Electronic dance music

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    World music, Classical music, Persian traditional music

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    Ethnic electronica, Celtic fusion, Worldbeat

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    Experimental rock, World music, Dub

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    Rock, Heartland rock, Rock music

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    Gouri Choudhury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Indian pop, World music

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    Banda Ionica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Folk music, World music, Italian folk music

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    Chanson, Latin American music, Tango

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    Traditional music, Folk music, Electric folk

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    Dembo Konte and Kausu Kuyateh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best World Music Artists

    Folk music, World music

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    Pop music, Folk music, World music

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    Bollywood, World music, Jazz fusion

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    Music of Africa, World music, Rhythm and blues

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    Kozmigroov, World music, Fourth World

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    Mbalax, Worldbeat, World music

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    World fusion music, World music, Dance music

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