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Spin Record Guide: Essential World Music

Back in the 1980s, hippies made “worldbeat”--a catchall for any music from outside America or England--a dirty word. Which is a shame. From African funk to Asian punk, Cuban rumba to Algerian disco, global pop is constantly mutating. In a small world that’s only getting smaller--and scarier--a little musical multilateralism goes a long way.

SPIN Staff |June 29, 2003 - 7:00 am

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