Sample the sonic connections that exist throughout all cultures as you cross six continents and six centuries of musical history.
With a World Passport, you may never know where your next port of call may be, but you can be sure you'll like it.
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Arabic music (1, 2) strongly influenced the neighboring Persian empire. As the armies of the Persia invaded parts of India, Arabic influence was further spread, affecting both modern (3) and folk (4) Indian musical traditions. As large numbers of Indian labor were brought into the British Caribbean during the 19th century, Jamaican Reggae (5, 6) was strongly influenced. As West Indian music spread throughout the Caribbean and into the Southern United States, it mingled with what would become Soul (7) and Gospel (8). The earliest forms of American Gospel included the Spiritual (9) and something called the “Gospel Blues” or a hybrid of early Gospel, Blues (11), and Jazz (10). As the first global music movement, Early Jazz also saw important developments in Europe (12). Early European Jazz drew heavily on an the classical European vocal tradition found in High Opera (13). As a result of colonialism, South African Gospel (14) shares a great deal with both Western vocalism and liturgy, . Culturally, Southern African pre- and post-colonial ties extend along the East African coast into Kenya (15). Kenya was also part of the wide band of Equatorial Africa that began a musical dialogue with Cuba (16) and the larger Afro-Caribbean world (17, 18).
1. Popular - Lebanon (Fairuz)
2. Popular - Morocco (Amina Alaoui)
3. Bhangra - India (Khalnayak)
4. Punjabi Festival Song - India
5. Dub Reggea - Jamaica
6. Reggae - Jamaica (Pat Kelly)
7. Soul - United States (Al Green, Mavis Staples)
8. Gospel - United States
9. Spiritual - United States (Mahalia Jackson)
10. Jazz - United States (Lil Greene)
11. Blues - United States (Bessie Smith)
12. Jazz - France (Josephine Baker)
13. Operatic Aria - Italy (Rossini: Amelita Galli Curci)
14. Gospel - South Africa
15. Popular - Kenya (Frank & His Sisters)
16. Son - Cuba (Trio Matamoros)
17. Cumbia - Colombia (Chico Cervantes)
18. Bolero - Mexico (Trio Los Ases)