- (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.
Origin of world beat
First recorded in 1985–90
Also called world music.
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- popular music of various ethnic origins and styles outside the tradition of Western pop and rock music