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World Music Network

World Music Network
Founder Phil Stanton, Sandra Alayón-Stanton
Genre World Music
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London

World Music Network is a UK based record label specializing in world music.[1]

The World Music Network website is a portal to the international world music scene, and features up-to-date news, reviews, live listings, and guide sections on world music. The website also features an on-line Battle Of The Bands competition.[2]


Founded in 1994 by husband and wife team Phil Stanton and Colombian-born Sandra Alayón-Stanton, World Music Network consists of four record labels – Music Rough Guides, Riverboat Records, Introducing and Think Global. Music Rough Guides releases the Rough Guides CD compilations.

Accolades include a 2009 Grammy Award nomination for Debashish Bhattacharya[3] – who was also awarded the BBC Best Asian Artist award in 2008[4] – a WMCE Top Label award[5] and more Songlines (magazine) 'Top of the World’[6] releases than any other independent world music label.

World Music Network, along with Riverboat Records, was presented with the WOMEX Label Award in 2013.[7]

WMN is announced winner of the WOMEX 2013 Label Award.

Among the notable mentions of artists and records released on Riverboat Records were:

  • Debashish Bhattacharya & Friends (Beyond the Ragasphere)
  • Monoswezi (The Village)
  • Nuru Kane(Exile)
  • Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis (Greekadelia)
  • Etran Finatawa (The Sahara Sessions)


Music Rough Guides

Music Rough Guides has been releasing the Rough Guide music series in association with the Rough Guides travel book publishers for well over two decades.

World Music Network initially began working with the Rough Guides book publishers in 1994, when the first world music Rough Guides book and album were released.[8]

Since then Music Rough Guides have covered destinations as diverse as Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Japan, and Hungary. They have also covered musical styles such as merengue music, klezmer, salsa and Bollywood.[1]

Riverboat Records

Since 1989 Riverboat Records have produced artists from around the world. Releases in recent years include those by the artists; Debashish Bhattacharya,[9] Mory Kante, Nuru Kane, Ramzi Aburedwan,[10] SambaSunda and Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis.


A separate artist label to Riverboat Records, Introducing was launched by World Music Network in 2004, out of a desire to promote exposure for previously undiscovered musical talent from around the world. Introducing showcases artists previously unreleased or unavailable outside their own country.[11]

The Introducing label has had a number of releases including features for Ethiopian reggae-fusion project Invisible System, and Saharan blues band Etran Finatawa.[12]

Other projects include albums from Miami Latin hip-hop collective Spam Allstars, South African maskanda player Shiyani Ngcobo,[13] Chinese folk band Hanggai and a release by the desert blues master Mamane Barka.[14]

Think Global

World Music Network has released a number of fundraising albums released in association with Amnesty International and Oxfam.

The Think Global series aims to promote music that reduces poverty, defends human rights and encourages protecting the environment. Releases include Think Global: Women Of Africa[15] and Think Global: Tango.[16]

Battle of the Bands

In the Battle of the Bands section of World Music Network's website musicians are invited to post their best original track and build their page with photos and text. Members of the public and World Music Network staff then review and vote for the winner.[17] Each winner gets to have their material featured on future projects and a link to the winning track also gets sent to all the tens of thousands of people on World Music Network's mailing lists. Winners have included Giuliano Modarelli and Julaba Kunda (featuring Gambian griot Juldeh Camara)


  1. ^ a b Womex. "Virtual Womex: Companies: World Music Network". Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Songlines. "World Music Network Battle of the Bands Winner Announced". Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Rediff India Abroad. "Indian musician bags Grammy nom". Rediff. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ BBC. "Awards for World Music '07". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Womex. "Womex Top Label Award". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Songlines Magazine. "Top Of The World". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "WOMEX 13 Label Award". 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "World Music: The Rough Guide - SImon Broughton". Google Books. Google. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Hudson, Mark (04/08/09). "Debashish Bhattacharya: O Shakuntala! CD review". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 04/12/12. 
  10. ^ "Ramzi Aburedwan: Reflections of Palestine". David Maine. PopMatters. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Introducing". Introducing on World Music Network. World Music Network. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Recordings - Etran Finatawa". Etran Finatawa. FidjoMusic. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Shiyani Ngcobo - Introducing Shiyani Ngcobo". Yves Ngoo. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Album: Mamane Barka, Introducing..., (Introduction Records)". Michael Church (London: The Independent). 2 August 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Think Global: Women of Africa". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Think Global: Tango". World Music Central. WordPress. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Songlines Magazine. "Battle Of The Bands". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
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