THE INCREASINGLY INDISPENSIBLE WIKIPEDIA tells us that the term "World Music" was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. "Globalization" has become controversial these days for its effect on western jobs, but on the cultural side, it's expanded world music's audiences and scope — which has grown to include hybrid subgenres like world fusion, global fusion, ethnic fusion, and worldbeat.
"Fusion" implies the cross-pollination of different genres, often something old and something new, like traditional ethnic instruments and musical styles with electronic textures and production techniques. Whether that means progressive recordings from native artists in exotic places, or exotic elements in recordings by western artists, the result is vibrant, creative, open-minded contemporary music.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, sultry global rhythms and ambient atmospheres for summer, on a program called ETHNOTRONIC 2.
Music is by GREEN ISAC ORCHESTRA, JIA PENG FANG, HIROKI OKANO, MICHAEL BROOK, STEPHAN MICUS, and ANOUSHKA SHANKAR.