Listening to music from around the world is a great way to get a feel for other cultures. Different rhythms, tones and instruments make music from different places very distinctive. And music is closely linked with other aspects of cultures such as language and traditional dress.

A good place to start your round-the-world musical journey is at Soundroots world music blog where Scott Stevens has compiled a list of Top global albums of 2008.

The list contains music from Senegal, Argentina & Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Chad, the Middle East, Central America and even the USA (although of course this is music from the global melting pot side of the USA)

And that’s just the top 10! There are 25 albums in total so you’re sure to find something new and interesting.


About the author

Lucy is English and first ventured out of the UK she was 19. Since then she has lived in 4 different countries and tried to see as much of the world as possible. She loves learning languages, learning about different cultures and hearing different points of view.