world beat


noun

(sometimes initial capital letters) any of various styles of popular music combining traditional, indigenous forms with elements of another culture's music, especially of Western rock and pop.

Nearby words

  1. workweek,
  2. workwoman,
  3. world,
  4. world bank,
  5. world bank group,
  6. world car,
  7. world communion sunday,
  8. world council of churches,
  9. world court,
  10. world cup

Origin of world beat

First recorded in 1985–90

Also called world music.

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British Dictionary definitions for world music

world music

noun

popular music of various ethnic origins and styles outside the tradition of Western pop and rock music
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