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Music that Combines Western and Non-Western Traditions

31 December, 2014 - 11:41
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  • For music that has been combining elements of both for long enough to have developed its own traditions, listen to any jazz, blues, gospel, Latin dance, or reggae. There are many books on these musics, particularly on jazz and reggae. For a comprehensive audiovisual overview of jazz, try Ken Burns' PBS documentary.
  • Almost all popular music is heavily influenced by both African and European traditions. Turn on the radio.
  • To hear what is going on in modern Non-Western cultures as their musicians are influenced by American and European pop, listen to "World" music. The Rough Guide series is a good place to start learning about this subject.