Contemporary World Music

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Through music we understand the history, customs, politics, personalities, celebrations, struggles, and joys of diverse peoples and cultures. Alexander Street's Contemporary World Music delivers the sounds of all regions from every continent, for scholarship and pure enjoyment, online through speakers or headsets. Scholars and students will enjoy a rich and deeply indexed source for research in musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology, folklore, and performance studies. Specially developed controlled vocabularies allow for searching and browsing by instrument, country, region, artist, genre, recording label, and other categories. Search, click, and listen to 50,000 tracks of reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres. There is also traditional music--Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more. The albums' original liner notes are included, both in facsimile and as rekeyed, searchable text--an encyclopedia of their own within the database, rich in music history, biographies, and production information. Contemporary World Music complements Alexander Street's Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries, together offering a cross-searchable source of more than 85,000 tracks. Both databases also work with The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online. A single search through Alexander Street's Music Online interface brings back all results in any format from all three resources--tracks for listening, reference materials, liner notes, external Web links, biographical and bibliographic details, and related content. Imagine searching sitar and seeing images of instruments and performers, listening to a concert, enjoying the album cover art and reading the notes, exploring additional reference information from Garland and other sources, and linking to related Web sites.

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