World Music Day 2024: A Celebration of Community

June 21st, 2024

Globe surrounded by instruments and text "World Music Month"


Our World Music Month blog post recognizes the annual event Fête de la Musique, also known as International Music Day or World Music Day. Here, we highlight its history, explore our current exhibit, and upcoming Rhode Island-based music events.  

History of World Music Day

It came into fruition in France in 1982 by the Ministrere de la Culture (Ministry of Culture), Jack Lang, and composer Maurice Fleuret. The vision was to dedicate a day to free and live music, allowing musicians of all backgrounds to perform amongst diverse communities. Today, World Music Day is embraced by several countries across many cultures, exposing the versatility and craftsmanship of musicians everywhere.  

On Display

Display case with music books and CDs from the Krupp Library collection.
Join the festivities by embracing an album or exploring an insightful read. 

Keep reading to see a sample of what we have on display!


The Best of Gladys Knight & the Pips- Gladys Knight & the Pips 

Asian Beat Box: Bhangra, Bollywood, India, Asian Underground 

Live!- Bob Marley & the Wailers, I-Three  

Africa : 50 Years of Music : 50 Years of Independence = Afrique : 50 Ans de Musique : 50 Ans D'indepéndances - Artists include Miriam Makeba, Fela Kuti, Youssou N'Dour, Franco, Cheb Khaled, Cesaria Evora, Mulatu Astatke, Salif Keita, Manu Dibango and Oum Kalsoum. 

Abbey Road- The Beatles


Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning by Christopher M. Driscoll, Anthony B. Pinn, and Monica R. Miller 

Music in China: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by Fredrick Lau  

Me by Elton John 

Nothin’ to Lose: The Making of KISS (1972- 1975) by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, & Ken Sharp 

Music in Brazil: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by John P. Murphy  

Rhode Island Music Events

Image of people in Providence during PVD fest 2018
Musicians and attendees at PVDFest 2018 in Kennedy Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island

We’ve curated a list of upcoming events, in Rhode Island, that’ll give you the opportunity to jam out loud with your colleagues, friends and loved ones. 

Providence: PVD World Music Institute is a research center dedicated to promoting the musical traditions and arts of African refugees and immigrants in Rhode Island  

Providence: Caribbean American Heritage Festival Rhode Island  

Providence: PVDFest 2024 & Performing Arts Education 

Charlestown: Rhythm & Roots Festival   

Newport:  Annual Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival   


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