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Enjoy the complete ARC and Smithsonian Folkways catalogues
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Over 14,140 albums (173,800 tracks) are available and new albums are added weekly
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Explore the vast catalogue

Naxos Music Library World offers a wide range of World music, from legendary historical musical performances to contemporary world music. Recordings of over 32,000 artists are represented.

  • Over 1,500 cultural groups represented
  • Music from over 150 countries
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Enjoy the complete ARC and Smithsonian Folkways catalogues

With forty years of history behind it, ARC Music is a leading record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. The label now offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world. Their unrivalled repertoire comprises hundreds upon hundreds of albums from over 120 countries and cultures the world-over. After 40 years ARC Music still flourishes. In the last decade the company has enjoyed a lot of success in Hollywood, their music being used in some of the biggest motion pictures of the last 10 years or so, including two James Bond films - Skyfall and Casino Royale - Martin Scorsese's Silence, Zero Dark Thirty, Steven Spielberg's Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and many others. ARC Music continues to find and release exciting music from all corners of the globe. The hunt for new (and old!) music continues.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. They are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound. They believe that musical and cultural diversity contributes to the vitality and quality of life throughout the world. Through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials they seek to strengthen people's engagement with their own cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others. Their mission is the legacy of Moses Asch, who founded Folkways Records in 1948 to document "people's music," spoken word, instruction, and sounds from around the world. The Smithsonian acquired Folkways from the Asch estate in 1987, and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has continued the Folkways commitment to cultural diversity, education, increased understanding, and lively engagement with the world of sound. Smithsonian Folkways has expanded on Asch's legacy, adding several other record labels to the collections and releasing over 300 new recordings that document and celebrate the sounds of the world around us.
Additional Information on the Smithsonian Folkways Mission and History available here:

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