Websites & Music Media

Here are some links to world music websites, organizations, magazines, books, and other resources. Let me know if you find something that might be a good addition to these lists.

World Music Central
One of the most comprehensive websites for information about world music that I’ve found. Much like my radio program, their idea of world music includes traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from the entire globe, as well as cross-cultural fusions and hybrids. The site includes artist profiles; album, concert, book, and film reviews; a list of world music festivals around the globe; an in-depth musical instrument glossary; and much more.

Folk Alliance International
Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Folk Alliance International’s mission is to serve, strengthen, and engage the global folk music community through preservation, presentation, and promotion. They also host the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, which features the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community crossing a diverse array of genres.

Hands Up for Trad
Promoting Scotland’s rich musical culture through Information, Education and Advocacy.

Hobgoblin’s Glossary of Folk Musical Instruments
A nice glossary of instruments from around the world on the website of Hobgoblin Music – Folk & Acoustic Musical Instrument Specialists.

NPR Music
National Public Radio’s music hub presents a broad spectrum of news, programs, live concerts, and video. On their pages, you can find programs and podcasts such as Alt.Latino, The Thistle & Shamrock, All Songs Considered, and more.

RootsWorld Online Magazine & Radio
RootsWorld is an online magazine that features reviews, interviews and news of roots and modern music from around the world. Cliff Furnald is the editor and he also hosts the RootsWorld radio program.

Society for Ethnomusicology
The Society for Ethnomusicology is a global, interdisciplinary network of individuals and institutions engaged in the scholarly study of music across all cultural contexts and historical periods. They have a page of Website Links to academic resources.

Songlines – World Music Magazine
Launched in 1999 and based in the UK, Songlines covers music that has its roots in all parts of the globe: traditional, roots, folk, and fusion. Songlines may be the only mainstream, non-academic magazine devoted to world music since the closure of the British-based world music magazine fRoots in 2019 – which had been published for 40 years. The Songlines website also includes some general world music guides to artists, genres, and countries. 

Transglobal World Music Chart
Since 2015, the Transglobal World Music Chart has compiled monthly and annual charts of the best new world music albums as selected by a worldwide group of radio hosts and journalists who disseminate a broad spectrum of music from all over the globe.

The brainchild of internationally renowned musician Peter Gabriel and friends. Already one of the longest established cultural events in the world, WOMAD has hosted festivals in more than 30 countries since 1982, enjoyed by a collective audience of millions. Over the years, our aims have remained strong and true: we aim to highlight awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society.

Founded in 1994, WOMEX – the World Music Expo – is the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films, and a showcase festival.

World Music Charts Europe
A Top 20 chart compiled from selections by world music radio specialists from twenty-four European countries.

World Music Network – Guide to World Music
This record label website also includes some general info about music from different regions around the world.

World Music Presenters and Festivals in the United States

Also see the World Music Festivals page at World Music Central for info about festivals around the world.

California WorldFest
Presented by the Center for the Arts, this four-day celebration of global music takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The family-friendly festival is filled with activities that allow everyone attending to gain a deeper understanding of our world.

Over the years, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America. It has grown from an acclaimed festival/showcase into a catalytic non-profit service organization that builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the United States.

An annual celebration of world music and culture in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

OK Roots Music 
The nonprofit OK Roots Music (formerly Tulsa Roots Music) presents an eclectic array of music – alt-country, folk, Cajun, zydeco, rock, reggae, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and world music – through live performances and educational programming. Festivals make up the core of our programming, including: Global BASH, Earth Day Celebration, and Wine, Jazz, & World Fête.

World Music Festival Chicago
World Music Festival Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This city-wide, multi-venue, eleven-day festival has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers and has presented more than 650 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999.

World Music Institute
Based in New York City, the World Music Institute has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States since its founding in 1985.