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The Best World Music Artists

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. (325 items)
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    added by RagaNet Ashwin Batish 1974 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 Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America

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    Faisalabad, Pakistan

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    Stratford, Canada

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    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States of America

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    Hatikva, Tel Aviv, Israel

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    Ladysmith, South Africa

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    Sultans of String Toronto, Canada

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    Washington, D.C., United States of America

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    San Marino, California, United States of America

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    New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Bil Aka Kora Pô, Burkina Faso

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    Alejandra Robles San Pedro Mixtepec, Juquila, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico

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    Banzumana Sissoko

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    Jaffa Road Toronto, Canada

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    Liquid Blue San Diego, California, United States of America

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    Alexandria, Egypt

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    Hamdi Makhlouf

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    Hindi Zahra Khouribga, Morocco

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    Senegal

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    Toronto, Canada

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    Dembo Konte and Kausu Kuyateh

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    Mashhad, Iran

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    Driebergen-Rijsenburg, Netherlands

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    Gouri Choudhury London, United Kingdom

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    Jay Vaquer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Madeley, United Kingdom

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    Clifford Borg Malta

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    Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    Oakland, California, United States of America

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    DJ Pusspuss California, United States of America

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    Frank Colón Washington, D.C., United States of America

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