Long before world music became synonymous with Teva sandals, yoga, and the occasional yin-yang tattoo, National Geographic subscribers and bassheads sought dense Brazilian beats, manic Latin percussion, and the occasional psych-sitar just for good measure. National Geographic Digital Media is bringing world music enthusiasm back with 13 tracks of remixed glory from around the planet.
Instead of reissuing a bunch of traditional rhythms that may rekindle programs from the National Geographic television network, NGDM is releasing contemporary world music that reflects cultural music on an evolutionary platform.
Featuring fresh sounds ranging from Mali blues, to Senor Coconut taking on reggaeton, to Tel Aviv’s forways into surf rock, GeoRemixed aims to educate, in addition to reintroducing the same eclectic music as it shifts and grows.
Projects like GeoRemixed are only part of WorldMusic.NationalGeographic.com, which features tons of music videos, podcasts, and educational content for classrooms and clubs alike. Whether compilations like these will eliminate Teva sandals and the phrase “right on” from people’s vocabulary remains to be seen, but in the meantime, get into it.
GeoRemixed: Big Beats for a Small Planet is available now at worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com.
1. Slavic Soul Party–Teknochek (Remix)
2. XPlastaz–Cheza (Kid Sundance Remix)
3. Bole2Harlem–Minnale (Original Remix)
4. Vieux Farka Toure–Ma Hine Cocore (3rd Bass Remix)
5.Shantel vs Jewish Monkeys–Bucovina (Koshernostra Remix)
6.Agua Pa’ La Gente–Raza Hoodia (Tweety Gonzalez Remix)
7. OMFO–Kozakhs Hi Fi (Remix)
8. Shukar Collective–Bar Boot (Junkyard Remix)
9. Fanfare Savale–Cantecul Mirelui (Shukar Collective Remix)
10. Senior Coconut–Behind the Mask (Raggaeton Remix)
11. Pacha massive–Don’t Let Go Stay v2 (Remix)
12. Pato–Keep It Real (Remix)
13. LF & Laylo–Marcha Soldado (Remix)