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Worldbeat
Stylistic origins Pop rock
Traditional music
Cultural origins Mid 1980s, United States, United Kingdom
Typical instruments Widely variable, though drums are constant
Mainstream popularity Occasional, though not generally sustained
Subgenres
Afrobeat
Fusion genres
Afro-Cuban jazz - Afro-juju - Alpine New Wave - Bhangragga - Biguine moderne - Burger highlife - Calypso-style baila - Campursari - Canto livre - Canto nuevo - Chicha - Chutney-bhangra - Chutney-hip hop - Fuji - Hip life - Lambada - Latin jazz - Merenrap - Mor lam sing - Nueva cancion - Punta rock - Rai pop - Rapso - Reggae highlife - Salsa - Sevillana - Slack-key - Songo - Zam-rock - Zouk
Other topics
World music - folk music

In popular music, worldbeat refers to any style of music which fuses folk music, often from non-traditional sources (essentially, outside the Appalachian folk and Celtic traditions) with Western rock or other pop influences.

Worldbeat is usually said to have begun in the mid-1980s when artists like David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, and Paul Simon began incorporating influences from around the world, especially Africa and Latin America. Within a few years, worldbeat became a thriving subgenre of popular music that influenced many more mainstream musicians (for example Kirsty MacColl on her Latin America-inspired album Tropical Brainstorm). Some of the most commonly incorporated types of folk music include rai, samba, flamenco, tango, qawwali, highlife and raga.


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