Music from the furthest corners of the globe has never been more popular in the Western world. Every week new recordings hit the streets – some highly publicised, like the recent surge of excellent Cuban releases, others less so. The Rough Guide To World Roots offers the perfect place to start your own explorations into this fast-growing market, fast-tracking across the five continents. It starts in Uzbekistan, then crosses the Middle East, explores the African musical powerhouses of Senegal and South Africa, next journeying across the Americas, visiting Brazil, Ecuador and Cuba. Touching down in Europe, it samples the roots music of Hungary and Italy, and finally alights in Pakistan for a fourteen-minute qawwali classic from the great Sufi master, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.