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April 16, 2020
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Just as the category of "Foreign Language Film" has serious problems, so too does that of "World Music," which names so many kinds of music that it names nothing at all. World music "might best be described by what it is not," noted a 1994 Music Library Association report.

"It is not Western art music, neither it is mainstream Western folk or popular music." The report adds some vague qualifications about "ethnic or foreign elements" then gives away the game: "It is simply not our music, it is their music, music which belongs to someone else."

Perhaps one can see why the idea is now regarded by some as outdated and offensive. World music does not exist" except as an idea in the mind of journalists, critics, and the buyers of records.

But to whom can music belong? If Japanese musicians play jazz, are they playing American-owned music? Is it "Japanese jazz" or just jazz? Must it have Japanese instruments for it to be "World Music"?

How these questions get answered can determine whether most listeners ever encounter the recorded output of jazz musicians from Japan

There are obviously, very broad categories to World Music and one might reasonably object to them. But it's a great start for getting to know some classic pop sounds from specific regions in the world.

So, jump in and learn more about what the world's been up to, music-wise.
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