Through music we understand the history, customs, politics, personalities, celebrations, struggles, and joys of diverse peoples and cultures.
Contemporary World Music from Alexander Street Press delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent, for scholarship and pure enjoyment, online through speakers or headsets. Scholars and students will enjoy a rich and deeply indexed source for research in musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, folklore, and performance studies.
Specially developed controlled vocabularies allow for searching and browsing by instrument, country, region, artist, genre, recording label, and other categories. Search, click, and listen to 50,000 tracks of reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres. There is also traditional music—Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.
The albums’ original liner notes are included, both in facsimile and as rekeyed, searchable text—an encyclopedia of their own within the collection, rich in music history, biographies, and production information.
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