22182 world 20map 201
  • 22182 world 20map 201
  • 22183 world 20map 202
  • 22184 world 20map 203
Loading twitter feed


Naxos Music Library World is the most comprehensive online World Music library available, with music from more than 150 countries and 1,500 cultural groups. NML World contains more than 5,000 albums from such renowned labels as Smithsonian Folkways, ARC, Warner, Sony, Naxos World, plus dozens of other smaller independent labels. ...

+ Show More


Odette Scott

Naxos Music Library World’s New Interactive Map Transports Visual Learners into Audio Learners’ Musical Realm

Educators understand that learning styles vary. We might assume all music students comprehend best in the aural or verbal learning style—good with sounds and words—as opposed to the visual or spatial learning style—good with graphs and pictures. But that’s not necessarily the case. Naxos Music Library World’s new interactive map brings fascinating songs from around the globe to people who understand and enjoy music through their eyes as well as their ears.

NML World’s map enriches listeners’ and researchers’ music selection experiences. “World music tends to be an abstract term, not connected to time or place,” says Nick Floyd, Sales and Marketing Director for NML World in North America. “Browsing origins of records visually by map can add context to the listening experience. All of a sudden lost voices come to life in full detail!”

As the first streaming service dedicated to world music, NML World has already cornered the market on providing educational institutions with carefully labeled music. It holds historically significant field recordings, including the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalog, recent releases from today’s popular world music labels, and everything in between. And while the online educational space is generally populated by data experts, NML World is carefully curated by knowledgeable music lovers, who happen to also be data experts.

The interactive map enables the musically curious to start with “from WHERE do I want to hear music?” rather than “This music is from WHERE?” It offers a user-friendly way to appreciate the conditions and circumstances that produce interesting songs from anywhere. Each release’s title appears in its native language with its English translation. And enlarging cover art and booklets shows full liner and tray card information for each release.

Pre-school and K-12 teachers can also use the map to enliven music lessons. Picture kids clicking on the map and hearing delightful surprises. Comparing and contrasting styles, languages, and instrumentation becomes a fun game while stealthily piquing kids’ interest in geography, musicology, linguistics, and anthropology. They might look in Northern Africa expecting tribal music and instead find quite different Egyptian and Moroccan works. They’ll find tribal music in Central Africa, along with anthems of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola and biblical psalms sung in one of the 279 languages spoken in Cameroon.

Users should be ready for the map to generate any music possibly relevant to their inquiries. “Country borders are very defined, while musically distinct cultural groups can live in many countries at once,” comments Nick D’Angiolillo, Director of Licensing and Library Services. For example, clicking on Western Europe might bring up Australian works if composers, titles, or other identifiers are related to Western Europe. Albums including works from multiple regions and cultures show up under all possible map locations. So while exclusively Amazonian music appears only in South America, Jewish music can be found in Southern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe, and right here in North America.

Thanks to a team of more than 35 musicologists, NML World’s classification accuracy is unparalleled, and users can help it continuously improve. The service trusts original content holders to tell where each piece originated and provide correct metadata, and staff also verifies the particulars. But if a location or cultural group needs to be reconsidered, D’Angiolillo says, “We have a musical discussion. We use listener and staff feedback and wrestle over cataloging decisions, which sets our service apart.” To contribute to the conversation and set the record(ings) straight, just click on “Send Feedback!”  A real human who is passionate about music is ready for your message and eager to keep the conversation going.

About Naxos Music Library:

Naxos Music Library sets the industry standard in streaming classical music, featuring over 120,000 albums from 750 prestigious record labels, including BIS, Blue Note Records, Chandos, Sony Classical, Nettwerk Music Group, RCA Records, Sun Records, Universal Music Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Virgin Classics, Warner Classics & Jazz (including the former EMI Classics catalog), Nimbus, and many others. With almost 1.7M tracks of music and tools for music education, Naxos Music Library is available for institutional and professional subscriptions and is currently enjoyed by over 2,000 universities, performing arts organizations, and public libraries throughout the world.