Perhaps the easiest way to describe International Music is that it is The Music of the World enjoyed from people from the far corners of the Globe.
A brilliant example will include music that is not typically European or westernised – for example Japanese Koto Music, Tibetan Chants, Eastern European folk music such as the music enjoyed in the Balkans and music to the accompaniment of the Oud – a guitar-like instrument relished by Middle Eastern folk.
Whether you hail from Asia or Africa, South America or Central America there is music for everyone to fit into every culture.
Often dissimilar tunes are grouped together purely due to geography but with the modern recording opportunities of the 20th century as well as the advent of technology, “crossover” music has come into being, fashioning a melting pot of artistic stimuli.
While communication technology allows greater access to ambiguous forms of music, the pressures of commercialisation also present the risk of increasing musical sameness, the distorting of regional identities, and the gradual extinction of traditional local music-making practices, creating sounds such as World Fusion Music, Global Fusion Music, Ethnic Fusion and Worldbeat.