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Putumayo Presents the Best of World Music, Vol. 2: Instrumental [Putumayo World Music, 1993]
Essentially, this music to shop by showcases folkies from industrialized nations who correct for their deficient rhythmic Úlan with percussion devices more ethnic and less loud than one of those nasty trap sets. It turns the likes of Rossy and Ali Akbar Khan into easy-listening whores by association. It's why moralists think "world music" is an exploitation--and why hedonists think it's a drag. C-