WOMAD stands for the World of Music, Arts and Dance, and gives its name to the internationally established WOMAD Festival that brings together artists from all over the globe. As well as presenting and celebrating the huge array of art forms the planet has to offer, a central aim of WOMAD’s festivals is to promote cross-cultural awareness and tolerance.

I know, u know & we all know how wonderful & beautiful is this world! What makes it more interesting & fascinating is, stumbling upon amazing people who walked the planet. And there are lots of them, but most of the times we barely know of their existence. I say there’s no one to blame, people tend to get busy. But, you might have missed an aural treat if you would have not been here. For me, music has no language barrier, the strings, rhythm, drums, electronic effects will sound the same anyway. But it goes without saying that without knowing the language we will miss out the vocals. Nevertheless, from Arabic Jazz, Gypsy Punk, sub-Saharan Blues to a former Tibetian Buddhist monk, turned rising musical star one can feel their local vibes in their music.

World music (also called global music or international music) is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres including some forms of Western music represented by folk music, as well as selected forms of ethnic music, indigenous music, neo-traditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition, such as ethnic music and Western popular music, intermingle.The term was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. Globalization has facilitated the expansion of world music’s audiences and scope. It has grown to include hybrid sub-genres such as world fusion, global fusion, ethnic fusion, and worldbeat. Examples of popular forms of world music include the various forms of non-European classical music (e.g. Japanese koto and Chinese guzheng music, Indian raga music, Tibetan chants), Eastern European folk music (e.g. the village music of the Balkans, The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices), Nordic folk music and the many forms of folk and tribal music of the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Central and South America, and Indonesian music. Depending on style and context, world music can sometimes share the new-age music genre, which is a category that often includes Ambient music and textural expressions from indigenous roots sources. Good examples are Tibetan bowls, Tuvan throat singing, Gregorian chant or Native American flute music. World music blended with new-age music is a sound, loosely classified as the hybrid genre, ethnic fusion. Scroll down to discover some of the best talents yet to be discovered by many.

  1. Chan Chan (Cuba) Buena Vista Social Club 4:19
  2. Om Numah Shivaya (India, UK) Apache Indian 4:25
  3. Leonel El Feo (Argentina) Melingo with Florencia Bonadeo 2:42
  4. Picking flowers (China) Lei Qiang 2:02
  5. For Julia (India) Sanjay Mishra 4:36
  6. Kokoro Ni Dakarete (Japan) Yoshida Brothers 3:30
  7. Desesperao (Spain) Miguel Gil 3:36
  8. River (O Nodi Re) (Bangladesh, UK) Zoe & Idris Rahmano 3:57
  9. Hashish (Lebanon, France) Ibrahim Maalouf 4:52
  10. Hininga (Turkey) Mercan Dede 5:23
  11. Beauty Beats (USA) Beats Antique 3:45


  1. Mama Call Manu Chao 2:21
  2. Bongo Bong Manu Chao 2:38
  3. Me Gustas Tu Manu Chao 4:00
  4. Merry Blues Manu Chao 3:36
  5. Desaparecido Manu Chao 3:47
  6. Promiscuity Manu Chao 1:36
  7. Bixo Manu Chao 1:52
  8. Clandestino Manu Chao 2:28
  9. Panik Panik Manu Chao 1:46
  10. Je Ne T'Aime Plus Manu Chao 2:03