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Ten Best World Music Artists

Updated on June 26, 2011
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World Music is a catchall phrase for global folk music. It usually refers to non-western, ethnic or indigenous music. Listed below are the ten best world music artists, and some of their albums.

Listening to some of the following music is a great way to expand your musical library, and learn a little culture from some distant lands. Enjoy.

Namaste friends.

1. Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Watina. Catchy percussion and a fast, upbeat style emphasized the deep baritone of Andy Palacio.

2. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Sega Blue. The best string picking you may ever hear, from the heart of Africa.

3. Bembeya Jazz National: The Syliphone Years. One of West Africa's best dance bands leaves you inspired to move all night.

4.Caetano Voloso: Cê. A brazilian standard, on par with Bob Dylan, Caetano Voloso still rocks.

5. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth. Dee Dee Bridgewater is an american, returned to Mali, to create some of the greatest jazz sounds around.

6. Puerto Plata: Mujer de Cabaret. A folk musician from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata delivers great acoustic work on this album.

7. Sergio and Odair Assad: Jardim abandonado. These brazilian born boys, infused with arabic blood bring the most beautiful, memorable guitar work of late.

8. Tinariwen: Aman Iman: Water is Life. With more music coming out of Mali, this work stands out as extraordinary.

9. Yousou N'Dour: Rokku Mi Rokka.  One of Africa's most popular folk singers, Youssou N'Dour brings an upbeat, lively work that makes you smile.

10. Ali Farka Touré: In the Heart of the Moon. A collaborative effort with Toumani Diabaté, this is one of my all time favorite albums.


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    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Kevin, thank you for your kind comments. We are still pretty isolated, here in the west, despite what many think.

      tonymac, thanks for stopping by and reading.

      I appreciate your comments.


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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Africa rocks! The music that comes out of this great continent is always interesting and vibrant.

      Thanks for sharing these.

      Love and peace


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      Kevin Schofield 

      8 years ago

      Hi Namaste. Thanks for this great hub. I remember hearing the beautiful voice of the great Miriam Makeba back in the 1960s, and realising what a vast wealth of music we never get to hear in the insular West. World music is a fantastic phenomenon. Kindest regards, Kev.

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Akrichner, that's one of the reasons I like it, I can make up my own words.

      Wendy, glad you enjoyed the clips.

      LeanMan, what a great opportunity you have.

      Namaste friends.

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      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      A great selection of artists, I spent a few months in East Africa several years ago and really enjoyed the music and dancing there..

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      I've never heard of these artist. I enjoyed listening to the clips you have.

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Interesting choices - I will have to check them out. I love 'world music' because I never have to get the words right!

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks everyone for stopping by. I am glad to be able to share these great artists with you, and I hope you enjoy listening to something new.

      Namaste friends.

    • Mutiny92 profile image


      8 years ago from Arlington, VA

      I love listing to music from around the world...outstanding job putting these together.

    • Pro Design Source profile image

      Pro Design Source 

      8 years ago

      Lovely hub to read and listen to. Thanks!

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nice selection of great music.

    • Maggie-May profile image

      Nadine M AuCoin 

      8 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Love, love, love the last two music clips! fantastic!!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub I have quite a selection of world music and a big fan of what Peter Gabriel does there. You have introduced me to a lot of new stuff here. I am a big fan of Yousou N'Dour and that Senegal and Mali sound and Ali Farka Touré also. Dee dee bridge water is an interesting story being an American in Paris etc

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      8 years ago

      Forgive me ...I did not know any of these artists until I came here. Thank you, Deborah

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Great selection of music here and some of the music videos are very good. I enjoyed the Ali Farka Toure one


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