Select Page

The Creation of New World Music

Exotic rhythms & percussive sounds bring the creation of New World music beats

Nowadays the most interesting concoction is the making of New World music. It was inevitable. As some music genre became saturated with artists & poor quality music, and disappeared from mainstream popularity in the new millennium. One of them,  new age music has  its impact on the music world rippled into ambient, chill, lounge, techno and trance music.

Take the layered, electronic dreaminess of New Age music. Then blend in the vibrant textures of wind, percussive and acoustic instruments of World music. Add in mystic chants and airy vocals, stir well and you have New World music. There is something magical about the fusion of electronic sound and acoustic arrangements.  Some of the exotic instruments played on these albums include the harp, hurdy gurdy, oud, lyra, kanoun, and nyckelharpa.

As vocals and harmonies became a staple in New Age music, the overall sound became enhanced with World beat influences in the instrumentation. New World music was born. It began to feature Sanskrit, Asian, African dialects and beats or lyrics based on mythology such as Celtic legends or the realm of the Faerie. Pioneering artists and albums such as Deep Forest’s “Boheme”, Kitaro’s “Silk Road”, Loreena McKennitt’s “The Visit” and Sacred Spirit’s “Culture Clash” are just a few important albums embracing this genre so passionately.

Canadian New World music artists who continue to evolve and release quality recordings in this genre are;

Loreena McKennitt – Loreena tantalized the world with her tales of mystical adventures of Celtic rhythms, Middle Eastern percussion and New World music sway. Loreena broke onto the music scene in 1991and has sold close to two million copies of her six albums in Canada alone. Her latest album entitled “A Midwinter’s Night Dream”, is currently among the top 10 selling albums in Canada and in other parts of the world.

Marcomé – Her pivotal second album entitled “River Of Soul” (2007), successfully fuses the dreaminess of New Age music and the sultriness of World music. This recording boasts an exotic palette of Latin sounds, Middle-Eastern instrumentation, jazz and African rhythms. Layered with Marcomé’s ethereal vocals and harmonies, her evolution along the New World music path is infectious and profound.

If I have sparked your interest, at the end of this article, I have listed a few noteworthy musical suggestions you may want to listen to. Enjoy!

I hope you had a wonderful week out there. Mine was fine, thanks for asking.
Anyways… This is how I hear things.
-Howard P.
Other posts you may enjoy: More on New World Music with Womad, Peter Gabriel, More on Pop Music with Annie Lennox, Sade, More on Marcome’s world , Enjoy best New Age Music, Fantastic New Age Singers, Musical Sounds in Nature, Music for the Changing Seasons, Fall in Love with New World Music , The Sound of Silence, Thanksgiving: A Time to Reflect, Fill Your Soul with Simple Pleasures.

Suggested listening: Artist/Album/Tracks

Deep Forest – Boheme (1995) – “Boheme”, “Marta’s Song”

Loreena McKennitt – The Visit (1991) – “The Lady Of Shalott”, All Souls Night”,
Courtyard Lullaby”
–  The Mask & The Mirror (1994) – “The Bonny Swans”,
“Santiago”, “The Dark Night Of The Soul”
– The Book Of Secrets (1997) – “The Mummer’s Dance”,

Sacred Spirit – Culture Clash SS2 (1997) – “Culture Clash”, ” Lay Down”,
“On the Road”

“Arabica”, “River Of Life”, “Nostrie Tiempo”,

“Dawn’s Spirit”, “Learning To Fly”.

Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam (1991) – “Visions Of You” (duet with Sinéad
O’Connor)

New age music with female vocals – Marcomé Song To Montanaro

New age music with female vocals – Marcomé Song To Montanaro

Marcomé takes new age music to a new level with catchy rhythms and dreamy melodies and airy vocals. Female vocalist and proficient keyboardist, Marcomé has been touted as being Canada's counterpoint to Enya in 1994, and later 2002. But this most recent song called "To...

New age music female vocals on Spotify: meet Marcomé

New age music female vocals on Spotify: meet Marcomé

Marcomé Voices & Music   Marcomé has carved out a career both as a well-respected sound engineer and a musical artist. A super songstress whose mostly wordless vocals display anew why the human voice is that most incredible and flexible of all instruments. Her...

Zen Voices Meditation Chants by New Age Music Artist Marcomé

Zen Voices Meditation Chants by New Age Music Artist Marcomé

Relaxing Music Artist Marcomé brings us deep in the moment with Zen Voices Meditation Chants. Blissful and profoundly relaxing, Zen Voices is a musical tale that envelops body & Soul. Marcomé's pure and sultry voices mingle graciously into nature's sounds and...

Relaxing music: 1 Hour Meditation Love Prayer Chant by Marcomé

Relaxing music: 1 Hour Meditation Love Prayer Chant by Marcomé

1 Hour Meditation music to relief stress, practice yoga or meditation and give or receive a massage or simply help to go to sleep! Of course you could use it for other purposes, I love calming background music when I cook! Marcomé ♥ “Through my love for you, I...

Peace in my heart by Marcomé

Peace in my heart by Marcomé

Peace in my heart is a love music song about dancing with life, caring for oneself and others. Slowly and gently, life brings us closer toward what we’re meant to become which is… Love! And that love to be fulfilling has to be unconditional. I sincerely wish you to...

Healing with Music Quotes

Healing with Music Quotes

“Music makes people interpret their own emotions with the music and it makes them ponder their own life a lot: Am I happy in my work? Am I happy in my relationships? What am I striving for?” – Enya

Music Quotes by Enya, Sarah Brightman & more…

Music Quotes by Enya, Sarah Brightman & more…

Following the overwhelming response of my first post on music and life, here is another one that I hope you will enjoy as much. This time, I've tried to find quotes by fellow musicians about music and what it brings to their lives. Music resonates with us so deeply...

Ougainatso – Self created languages of Marcomé

Ougainatso – Self created languages of Marcomé

The magic of a first take recording I have been using improvisation for years now to create new songs.  I just love to sing in invented languages of my own creation, it provides with with a wide range of emotional possibilities and gives me plenty of freedom. That...