...but there is free world music. At least, there is if you visit National Geographic's world music store, and enter the code bbce78 -- This is apparently a limited offer, so do it soon. The songs they're offering are:
Ska Cubano - Soy Campesino
The lilting swing of Jamaican ska meets a classic Cuban big band arrangement on this rollicking, horn-driven Anglo-Cuban collaboration about the joys of the simple life.
Boban Markovic - Latino
Boban Markovic is a virtuoso trumpeter and leader of one of Serbia’s finest brass bands – a crack unit that preserves the unique and punchy style that merges the sounds of Turkish military bands with Gypsy swing and Slavic Soul.
Seu Jorge - Tive Razao
Brazil’s hottest music export – already famous for his plaintive Portuguese renderings of David Bowie classics – reflects on love and compromise on this quietly simmering samba.
Mariza - Chuva
Fado is the luxuriously melancholy music of Portugal, and nobody delivers these dramatic ballads with more passion or panache than Lisbon’s own Mariza – the reigning diva of contemporary fado.
Bombay Dub Orchestra - Rare Earth
The Bombay Dub Orchestra combines the lavish musical scores of India’s “Bollywood” film music with moody, downtempo electronica on this atmospheric homage to South Asian cinema.
Cheb i Sabbah - Toura Toura (The Medina Remix)
As a pioneering DJ, Cheb I Sabbah helped bring world music onto club dancefloors with innovative, cross-cultural mixes. On this track, he returns to his Algerian roots, with a hypnotic blend of North African gnaoua music and discreet electronic backbeats.
Souad Massi - Ghir Enta (I Only Love You)
Souad Massi’s music encompasses the Arabic and Berber traditions of her Algerian birthplace and the cosmopolitan pop of France, where she currently resides. Her deeply personal songs explore the intersection of love, race, emigration and politics.
Aterciopelados - Cacion Protesta
Colombian rockers Aterciopelados were pioneers of the Latin alternative movement of the 1990s. After winning a Grammy in 2001, the duo took time off for solo projects and raising their families. Now they’ve come roaring back with Oye, one of the most anticipated albums of 2006.
Tinariwen - Chet Boghassa
Former Tuareg rebels Tinariwen turned in their guns for guitars and made the world sit up and take notice. "Chet Boghassa" is a slice of hard-driving Malian "Desert Rock" from the band's second album, Amassakoul.
Idan Raichel Project - Bo'ee (Come With Me)
Idan Raichel scored the number one record in Israel last year with “Bo’ee,” a hypnotic, otherworldly collaboration with Ethiopian Jewish immigrant musicians that explored the multicultural identity of contemporary Israel.
Thanks to alert reader Larry for the tip.