We Dig World Music – Just One Question…What Is It?

World Music is hot. Yet the genre is so broad, defining it leads to all sorts of disagreements. “Such acute diversity can be bewildering. If you’ve ever thought that the term ‘world music’ is one of convenience, you are right. It was, according to Radio 3’s most sturdily-accented presenter, Andy Kershaw, coined by ‘six independent record companies in a room above a pub in Islington in 1986’.”