World Music: The Rough Guide, Vol. 2- Latin and North America, Caribbean, India, Asia & Pacific (Rough Guide Music Guides)

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Divided by region and subregion, this volume examines the indigenous music of different countries, its current status, major performers, and special instruments.

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About the Author:

Mark Ellingham founded Rough Guides in 1982 and has created many of the series new ventures over the years, including The Rough Guide to the Internet, The Rough Guide to World Music, and, only a little ashamedly, The Rough Guide to the Da Vinci Code.

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Introduction

It's fitting that this new edition of the Rough Guide to World Music is published at the start of a new millennium, for it deals with the oldest and newest music in the world - from centuries-old traditions to contemporary fusions. It includes the most sacred and profound music and the most frivolous and risquŽ, music of healing, music of protest, the loudest music you'll ever hear, the softest and most intimate, and maybe also the most moving and enjoyable.

The Guide sets itself a clearly impossible task: to document and explain the popular, folk and (excluding the Western canon) classical music traditions around the globe. However, since the first edition appeared in 1994 it has been the chief handbook for beginners and enthusiasts alike, and become a resource for those working in the World Music business. In producing a new edition we were aware of shortcomings in the first edition and we have added many new pieces on countries that weren't covered before - The Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Central Asia, Sri Lanka, Tibet and Venezuela, for example, in this volume. Other articles were expanded, revised and rewritten; India, for example, is now covered in seven individual articles, covering the main regional styles.

In addition, the new edition reflects the huge expansion of the whole World Music market over the past five years. There are more concerts and festivals than ever before - and many would say that there is actually a surfeit of CDs. In preparing this edition, we surveyed the lot, completely overhauling our discographies, adding biographical entries for artists, and reviewing and highlighting the best discs available.

That's the main reason why this new edition of the Rough Guide is not one book, but two: this volume covers the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, while Volume One has Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Even with two books, each volume has turned out longer than the entire first edition.

The articles - from more than eighty contributors - are designed to provide the background to each country's music styles, explaining how they relate to history, social customs, politics and identity, as well as highlighting the lives and sounds of the singers and musicians. We hope you'll find this enriches the whole experience of listening to World Music.

How this book works

This volume is divided into two geographical sections: Asia and the Pacific (including India and Australasia), and The Americas (including the Caribbean). Within each section the entries are arranged alphabetically by country or genre. There are running heads and an index to help you find your way.

Our discographies follow the arrangment of each article and when it makes things clearer by style (for example, the Antilles has sections on zouk and cadence, biguine, chouval bwa, and Dutch Antillean groups). Compilations are listed first and artists follow (listed A-Z), with a brief biography and reviews of their key discs.

Each section has one or two 'star discs' which are indicated by a larger than usual CD symbol ( p). These are the ones to buy first. All other selections are preceded by a CD ( p), cassette ( A) or vinyl ( V) symbol: those specified as cassette or vinyl are not available on CD but worthwhile. To avoid any conflict of interest, as some of our contributors are involved with bands or labels, selections are the responsibility of the editors.

In the directories at the end of the book we've included addresses and Websites of the most important record labels releasing the music featured in this volume, as well as the best specialist shops to track down CDs and cassettes.

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