What comes to mind when you hear the term "world music"?
Wikipedia describes world music as “a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the world, including traditional music, quasi-traditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition intermingle” as well as “local music from out there.” What is world music to you? Do you have a favorite singer or a song in particular that exemplifies this musical category? Care to share some links?
For me, world music is any song that has the ability to transport me to some faraway place and make me feel as if I’m there in the culture, even if I don’t understand the language in which it is being sung.
Here are some of my favorites:
-Desert Rose (I’ve been listening to this song for years now and it just does something to me, especially the video…I can’t really explain it, but it makes me want to hop on an airplane with just a backpack and travel to and through exotic places and be part of the local culture).
-Boas Festas (this is a song I grew up listening to every single year during the holidays…I can’t even begin to explain the effect it has on me! It brings back so many happy memories and seems to transport me back to my childhood and my family’s Christmas celebrations).
-The following are all from my home country and listening to them makes me feel like I’m home: Sodade, Preto é mi, Dança ma mi criola, Nha pretinha, Encomenda de terra, Yamore.
-Solta-se o beijo (by one of my favorite Portuguese bands)
-Onde o Rio é mais baiano (by Caetano Veloso, a favorite from Brazil).
-Samba de mon coeur qui bat (French lyrics set to Brazilian rhythms? Yes, please!)
My list is endless, but I’ll stop here. What are some of your favorite world music songs?