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Feb 18, 2016

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is an all-male vocal choir from South Africa; members appeared on Paul Simon's controversial yet beloved Graceland album.
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What exactly is "world music"? Does it include songs that are sung in different languages ... or even bluegrass? As the Folk Alliance International conference gets underway in Kansas City, we explore what this nebulous term means to an ethnomusicology professor and two local musicians.


  • Stephanie Shonekan, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Black Studies, University of Missouri in Columbia
  • Enrique Chi, musician, Making Movies
  • Gerald Trimble, local musician and session leader at the Folk Alliance conference on "bluegrass as world music."