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The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 332 votes 139 voters 13.9k views 32 items

World fusion music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good world fusion music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top world fusion music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. World fusion music groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all world fusion music bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest world fusion music bands of all time, since the most famous world fusion music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best world fusion music music.

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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 amazing calypso-n-raga fusion where Ashwin adds vocals to his melodic composition. Ashwin has been in the Bay Area since the early 70s and is a pioneer in the field of “Raga Rock” and “Raga Jazz” fusion music. He was one of the first to bring sitar into the world music field, second only to Ravi Shankar. But, unlike Shankar’s approach, Ashwin has a more gut level, and often dance-able, style that has enticed western audiences, especially the younger set. Such light hearted song titles such as ‘Bombay Boogie,’ ‘Sitar Mania,’ ‘Raga Rock,’ and ‘Surfing with the Sitar Man,’ all express the humorous side to Ashwin's personality. But, the content of Ashwin’s music is quite the polar opposite, often hailed as a rich musical adventure that is not only a joy to listen to but also a heightened experience when seen live.

"My live sets are a total blast as I work on giving it my all in every concert. I do not hold back any punches. I want people to feel the song and to hear it the best way possible." It's this drive that makes Ashwin's music so intoxicating.

"Whether or not you’re familiar with the music, your mind is likely to be delightfully blown by what Batish creates." SF Weekly

Ashwin is deeply aware of the Indian classical traditions of which he studied under the guidance of his legendary father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish who was arguably one of India's greatest vocalists and composers. It was his father that supplied the music in the Beatles’s movie "Help", playing the rare North Indian slide instrument called the Vichitra Veena. His father also taught George Harrison's wife (at the time), Patti Boyd, how to play Dilruba, an exotic bowed instrument of North India. Both father and son have written several Indian music related educational books and instructional videos which are currently being published under the Batish label.

What stands out with Sitar Power is its ground-breaking and genre-shattering concept and style. What Ashwin has done has never been attempted before and still stands as a testament to his style of creativity.

The Sitar Power Band features some of the finest musicians including Ashwin's son Keshav Batish who at only 16 years of age commands the stage with his incredible knowledge and skills at playing the tabla, pakhavaj and drumset. Vocalist Meena Batish, Ashwin's sister who has recorded several CDs with Ashwin, Myron Dove (Santana, Robben Ford, Tony Furtado) and Keyboardist Murray Low.

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Ephemeral Mists is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Orhan Gencebay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Sheila Chandra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Ron Korb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Pharoah Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Balkan Beat Box is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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The Ragbirds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Stick Against Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Angélique Kidjo ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Ozomatli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Donald Knaack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Adam Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Atash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Don Cherry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Johnny Alegre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Ekova is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Carl Weingarten is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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DeLeon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Gino Foti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Bass guitar and keyboard player Gino Foti is a world fusion musician with several releases on Net Dot Music, an independent record label specializing in instrumental fusion. His music explores the relationships between diverse musical traditions, and the dichotomy of rhythm and melody of the bass guitar, by integrating ethnic sonorities into his jazz-rock fusion palette. 
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Julean and the Rai is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Alan Steward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists
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Hassan Hakmoun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best World Fusion Groups/Artists