A Guide to Traditional Music from Across the World

Traditional music is one of the cultural differences between nationality and nationality. Like food, art, architecture or in modern time’s film – the traditional sort of music attributed with a nation is part of its identity.

There can be quite a disparate sort of sound from all the various forms of nationalities and their sounds. So, let’s take a look at some of the most distinctive and influential.


Traditional Irish folk music is filled with fiddles, tin whistles, dancing and varies from riotous to sad tales of woe with the music to match. Irish music is known the world over and has a strong influence on a lot of modern day folk music. It’s rebel rousing nature is certainly a strong reference point for many protest songs from the middle of the 20th century and there’s still a strong love of it throughout the world.


Traditional Mexican music is recognised across the world as such. Like all sorts of traditional forms of music, Mexican music has changed, evolved and taken from different cultures. From its Mariachi music, which is supposed to have come from France, to its other forms, Mexico’s music is a symbol for its culture.

Other forms of Mexican music include Banda, Mexican music – this is a more recent development and was introduced around 40 years ago. It uses tubas, trombones, trumpets and strummed instruments – it’s huge growth and popularity are very understandable.

Finally, the Ranchera style of music is the oldest and describes the rural life of people who first moved to the nation. It’s songs are filled with patriotism, love and care and was created on the ranches of the country and is still loved by many of its rural people to this very day.

Mexican music has taken a lot from other forms of music, evolved and has given much back to the world of music.

Israeli Folk

Jewish music encompasses a wide range of influences picked up through its long history. The music can be religious based to more secular folk. The music itself is quite interesting as the composer’s origins can determine the sound. Of course, modern Jewish music is strongly influenced by the 120 countries that live in the country and make it a global melting pot. Much of the music is strongly influenced by European folk music.

African Music

African music is quite a broad term and its different regions have very disparate musical styles. However, the music of the continent has attributed to much of the modern music we listen to. Most American, Caribbean genres, as well as much Latin American music such as rumba and salsa are directly influenced by Africa’s music. African music can also be seen in rap, blues, jazz and rock’n roll. In fact, its influence is extremely widespread and importance can’t be understated.

In modern times, the world of music has evolved at a rapid rate, thanks mainly to the globalisation of the world and the speed and ease of communication. This has seen dramatic changes in sound in the music we listen to every day.