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The general category of "world music" covers a wide array of styles unknown to the main musical currents of the Western hemisphere. The catch-all term was first coined in the 1980s, as a way to denote traditional forms of music from the four corners of the globe - from Africa, Asia, Oceania and Northern Europe.  Our overview of the genre takes you on a short trip around the world via some of its greatest artists, among them Youssou N'Dour (Senegal), Khaled (Algeria) and Tigran Hamasyan (Armenia).

More about the history of world music.

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Artists Since 1980: World

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