All music has rhythm, but in some parts of the world, rhythm plays an unusually significant part in music. This means that composers and musicians do creative things with rhythm, and that rhythm in these sorts of music tends to be complex. Music that is rhythmically interesting and complex includes Indian music (especially classical), both traditional and popular music from many parts of Africa, flamenco (from Spain), popular Latin American music (which has both Spanish and African origins), and traditional and popular music of the Balkan region.
Much of the music that I play in class I discovered through a weekly radio program, "Afropop World-Wide," which, believe it or not, has its own World-Wide Web page. In Bloomington it is broadcast Saturdays 10:00-11:00 on WFIU (103.7 fm). It features not only African music, but also Latin American music, and even flamenco (which is partly African in origin).
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Last updated: 14 November 1995
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