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Worldbeat, term for various styles of world popular music, or pop, that are practiced outside the European-American mainstream. The term worldbeat is somewhat ambiguous: In one sense it is used by the Western music industry to group various kinds of non-Western popular music; alternately, and in the context of this article, it connotes world popular music that has been influenced by Western pop, or, conversely, Western popular music that incorporates significant non-Western influences.

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Manuel, Reter L., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Author of "Popular Musics of the Non-Western World". Coauthor of "Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae".



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