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Confused, bewildered and overwhelmed by the mayhem of global sounds? World music is a maze. And what you need is a good map. So here is our A to Z of world music, taking you from Africa Express to Zimbabwe, from Balkan brass to qawwali and from cumbia to WOMAD. After lengthy deliberation, we’ve carefully selected entries to feature a mixture of musicians, genres and instruments that we think are essential.

There’s a recommended album for each selection too.

Wo rds Simon Broughton, Jane Cornwell, Nigel William son

Illust rat ion Andy Pott s songlines.co.uk

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