On the label 'world music' | Culture: Present and Past | Scoop.it
Last week in Hyde Park, Paul Simon, accompanied by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, performed his seminal album Graceland. This weekend, a river of music from every Olympic nation flows along the Thames.

 

Next week sees the 30th anniversary of the Womad Festival, whose empire now stretches from Adelaide to Abu Dhabi.
Yet influential voices are questioning the very concept of world music, which is a banner of convenience for some very strange bedfellows. But would abandoning it mean that musicians from other cultures would be even more dependent on the patronage of western stars?