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Music: World Music and Culture

These web resources are about world music and cultures. Here you will find videos, sound files, and images of musicians from around the world. Learn about musical styles from different countries, including traditional and contemporary music. Students can examine the relationship between music and culture and learn about the role music plays in people’s daily lives. Included are several eThemes resources on different geographic regions.


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Watch a video about the unique contemporary music scene of this island nation. Sample sound clips from top Icelandic bands or read the accompanying essay.
This lesson plan uses Iceland as a case study to explore how the environment can inspire music and examine how cultures around the world influence one another's music. Students can choose a band to write a review of their music.
This is a story about Jewish-Algerian musician Maurice El Medioni. On this site you can watch a video, read an interview with dj Cheb i Sabbah, a DJ living in San Francisco, read about the cultural context of music in Algeria, or listen to samples of Jewish-Arabic songs.
Listen to samples of music from the Caribbean coast of Central America. Explore the links on the left to see a slideshow, learn facts about the region, or watch a video from the program.
Read an article about Cui Jian, the father of modern Chinese rock music. Includes a video to one of his songs and audio clips from other contemporary Chinese bands.
Read the latest world music news and album reviews from international musicians. The album reviews include audio files of selected tracks.
This site is a portal to information about contemporary world music. Read news, hear sample tracks, see artist profiles, listen to the current radio broadcast, and more.
In this lesson, students can learn about corridos, a traditional Mexican musical form.
This site is about Candombe, an Afro-Uruguayan musical form. Here you will find information about the origins, instruments, and musicians of Candombe, images, song lyrics, and sound clips.
This site is about the history and evolution of salsa and merengue music and dance, including glossaries.
Search or browse this collection for information about musical instruments from around the world. Some of the instruments have image, sound, or video files attached to their descriptions. Use the interactive map to see the geographic distribution of instruments in the collection.
These sites are about the culture and life of the people of Latin America and Latin Americans in the United States. There is information about Latin American music, dance, art, and heritage. One site for girls has information about blending Latin American and American heritage. Includes links to eThemes on South America and various countries in Latin America.
These sites are about the South American country of Brazil. Learn about its culture, history, language, geography, animals, and the Amazon. There are first-hand reports about what it's like to be a child growing up in Brazil. Includes maps, photographs, audio files of Brazilian music, and live images from Webcams.
These sites have information about India's history, geography, language, culture, animals, and art. Listen to audio files to hear sounds of Indian musical instruments. Also includes maps, many photographs, and some videos.
Learn all about Jamaica, including its resources, land, customs, government, and more. Listen to reggae music and learn about author Claude McKay. Includes maps, photos, and a short quiz.
These sites are about the history and culture of early Africa. Learn about the different tribes and their lifestyles. Includes timelines, maps, activities, and photographs, as well as eThemes Resources on Adinkra Cloths of Africa and East African Culture and Language.

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