Global Music

Especially for geography teachers and world music enthusiasts, this page offers carefully selected links to representative music selections from around the world. Around 70 countries are currently featured.

This growing list includes exemplary or iconic samples from a range of musical styles historically or currently popular in each region or country. The intention is to give a rounded introduction to the flavors of music to be found in that place.

Disclaimers: Errors in dates, titles, and other information is always possible due to language limitations. Lyrics in non-English languages may not be vetted, though translations of many of these songs can be found on lyricstranslate.com. Not all music videos are appropriate for children.

ALGERIA (KABYLIA)

ARGENTINA

ARMENIA

AUSTRALIA

BAHAMAS

BELGIUM

BRAZIL

BULGARIA

CAMEROON

CANADA (ONTARIO)

CANADA (QUEBEC)

CANADA (OTHER, UNDER CONSTRUCTION)

CHINA (EAST)

CHINA (MANCHURIA/NORTHEAST)

CHINA (SOUTH)

CHINA (SOUTHWEST)

COLOMBIA

CROATIA

CUBA

DENMARK

EGYPT

ENGLAND (NORTHERN)

ENGLAND (SOUTHERN)

FIJI

FRANCE (PARIS)

FRANCE (PROVENCE)

GEORGIA

GERMANY (NORTHERN)

GHANA

GREECE

GUATEMALA

HUNGARY

ICELAND

INDIA (KARNATAKA)

INDIA (PUNJAB)

INDIA (RAJASTHAN)

INDIA (UTTAR PRADESH)

INDONESIA (JAVA)

IRAN

ISRAEL

ITALY (LAZIO)

ITALY (SARDINIA)

ITALY (TUSCANY)

JAPAN

JORDAN

KAZAKHSTAN

  • Kurmangazy Sagyrbaev, Adai (19th c., folk feat. dombra)
  • Turan Ensemble, Er Turan (2013, ethno-folk)
  • Roza Rymbayeva, Aliya (1977, Soviet pop)
  • Galymzhan Zholdasbay, Ak Tilek (2013, electro-folk)
  • KeshYou, Rizamyn (2013, ethno-pop)
  • Kairat Nurtas, Baika (2016, toi/pop)
  • Jah Khalib, Leila (2017, hip hop)
  • Ninety One, Ah!Yah!Mah! (2017, Q-pop)
  • Dimash Qudaibergen, SOS (2021, pop)

LATVIA

LEBANON

LUXEMBOURG

MADAGASCAR

  • Justin Vali, Taitra (1991, Malagasy traditional feat. valiha)
  • Hazolahy, Toriny (1970s, mangaliba)
  • Mahaleo, Adin-tsaina (1973, tsentsigat/folk pop)
  • Rossy, Ngôma (1994, hira gasy/pop)
  • Jaojoby, Velono (1994, salegy)
  • D’Gary, Mora mora (1996, tsapika)
  • Madagascar All Stars, Inona no mahaory (2009, ba-gasy)
  • Nicolas Vatomanga, Wings (2015, jazz)
  • Tence Mena, Tompimbady (2019, salegy/Afropop)

MALAYSIA

MEXICO (CENTRO)

MEXICO (EL NORTE)

MEXICO (OAXACA)

MOROCCO

MOZAMBIQUE

NEPAL

NEW ZEALAND

NIGER

NIGERIA (NORTHERN/AREWA)

NORTH KOREA

PALESTINE

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

PERU

PORTUGAL

RUSSIA (SIBERIA)

RUSSIA (WEST)

RUSSIA (VOLGA)

SAUDI ARABIA

SCOTLAND

SERBIA

SINGAPORE

SLOVAKIA

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH KOREA

SPAIN (CATALONIA)

SWEDEN

SWITZERLAND

THAILAND

TUNISIA

  • Saliha, Frag Ghzali (c. 1950s, Tunisian traditional)
  • Hédi Jouini, Taba’ni/Follow Me (1950, pop)
  • Naama, Ellila eid/Tonight We Celebrate (pop) 
  • Sonia M’barek, Zahr Laymoun/Lemon Blossom (malouf/court music)
  • Lotfi Jormana, Khatem Sobii/Ring Finger (mezwed) 
  • Mounir Troudi, Rakeb al hamra/Riding a Red Horse (2013, jazz/Sufi) 
  • Anouar Brahem, Halfaouine (2014, jazz/oud) 
  • Emel Mathlouthi, Kelmti Horra/My Word is Free (2012, Arabic contemporary/protest, perf. 2015) 
  • Ghalia Benali, Lamouni (2016, Arabic contemporary) 

TURKEY (EASTERN)

TURKEY (MARMARA/ISTANBUL)

UGANDA (ACHOLILAND)

UKRAINE

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

URUGUAY

UZBEKISTAN

VENEZUELA

VIETNAM

YEMEN