World Style database

This resource is to catalogue percussively expressed rhythms according to styles & genres, place of origin, and common use.

For example, many rhythms originate in one place, e.g. Africa, but are cultivated and grow in another part of the world, such as African rhythms that flourished in Cuba, and spread throughout the Americas. Genres also have flourished in multiple areas, such as jazz and rock-&-roll-influenced genres.

Music Styles contain the entirety of possible time signatures and un-transcribable rhythms. Quantifiable rhythms can be boiled down to:

  • a pulse (e.g. quarter notes in Common Time 4/4),
  • a duple feel (8th notes and 16th notes), or
  • a triple feel (triplets or 6/8 multiples).

Main Genres:

these are as broad as possible but it still starts to get nuanced quickly. Infinite styles are available throughout human experience past, present, and future.

Classical • Pop • Rock • Jazz • R&B • Funk • Rap • Hip Hop • Country • Folk • Electronica • Latin • Reggae • Calypso/Soca • World

As well as:

by Geographic Location:

  • AfroBeat
  • Bikutsi, Egyptian Classical Music, Egyptian Chaabi & el-Gil
  • Highlife
  • Jùjú Lundu (Bantu), Mbalax (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbalax), Sabar (Senegal)
  • Soukous
  • Yorùbá, Yuka (Bantu)

General Origins/Crossover of Melting Pot: SALSA, CHUTNEY, BOUYON is Theme of the Americas

  • March
  • Dixieland
  • 2nd Line
  • Jazz Blues
  • R&B
  • Rock
  • Gospel
  • Soul
  • Country
  • Tejano(Polka)
  • Hip Hop
  • Rap
  • Punk
  • Metal
  • Electronica
  • House
  • Drum & Bass
  • Benna
  • Iron Band
  • Bolero Chacarera Chamamé Cueca Milonga Zamba Rock-National Southern Cone Music
  • Junkanoo Rake&Scrape Goombay
  • Ringbang Spouge Tuk
  • Brukdown Buru Chumba Garifuna Hunguhungu Punta Punta Rock
  • Caporales Chacarera Cueca Huayños
  • Bossa Nova
  • Choro
  • Escola de Samba
  • Forró (Lundu-Bantu)
  • Maxixe
  • Partido Alto
  • Polka
  • Samba Reggae
  • Xote
  • Zumbi
  • Cuando Cueca Nueva Canción Refalosa Sajuriana Tonada Vals (Waltz) Zapateado
  • Cumbia Porro Champeta Vallenato Tropipop Mapalé Merecumbé Puya Tambora
  • Afro
  • Arrará
  • Batá
  • Beguine (Biguín)
  • BEMBE baco so
  • BEMBE de sao
  • BEMBE güiro
  • BEMBE mula
  • Bolero Cha
  • Bomba
  • Brikamo
  • Canción
  • Caravalí
  • Cha
  • ChaChaChá
  • Changüí
  • Charanga
  • Comparsa
  • Conga
  • Conga Afro
  • Conga Guajira
  • Conga La Ye
  • Conga merengue
  • Conga Salsa
  • Conga son
  • Conga tumbao
  • Cumbia
  • Danzón
  • Danzonete
  • Dengue
  • Filín
  • Fusion
  • Habanera
  • Gagá
  • Guajira
  • Guaracha
  • Guarapachangueo
  • Jazz
  • Jiriblla
  • Lluvá
  • Maisepol
  • Mambo
  • Matamorino
  • Merengue
  • Merengue Haitiano
  • Moruno
  • Mozambique
  • Nengon
  • Palo
  • Pilón
  • Plena
  • Punto Guajiro
  • Quirribá
  • ritmos orientals
  • Rumba Columbia Habanera
  • Rumba Columbia Matancera
  • Rumba Columbia Santiaguera
  • Rumba Guaguanco
  • Rumba Jiribilla
  • Rumba Yambu
  • Son Cha
  • Son Montuno
  • Son Popular
  • Son Tradicional
  • Songo
  • Timba
  • Nueva Trova
  • Trova
  • Tumba Francesa
  • Tumba Francesa Frente
  • Tumba Francesa Mason
  • Tumba Francesa Tahona
  • Tumbada
  • Tumbao
  • Yambalu
  • Tambú Tumba Seú Ritmo Kombiná Wals
  • Bélé Bouyon Cadence-lypso Compas(origin of) Jing-Ping Polka Quadrille
  • Aguinaldo Bachata Gaga-Rara Merengue Perico Ripiao
  • Afro
  • Arrará
  • Batá
  • Beguine (Biguín)
  • BEMBE baco so
  • BEMBE de sao
  • BEMBE güiro
  • BEMBE mula
  • Bolero Cha
  • Bomba
  • Brikamo
  • Canción
  • Caravalí
  • Cha
  • ChaChaChá
  • Changüí
  • Charanga
  • Comparsa
  • Conga
  • Conga Afro
  • Conga Guajira
  • Conga La Ye
  • Conga merengue
  • Conga Salsa
  • Conga son
  • Conga tumbao
  • Cumbia
  • Dengue
  • Filín
  • Fusion
  • Habanera
  • Gagá
  • Guajira
  • Guaracha
  • Guarapachangueo
  • Jazz
  • Jiriblla
  • Lluvá
  • Maisepol
  • Mambo
  • Matamorino
  • Merengue
  • Merengue Haitiano
  • Moruno
  • Mozambique
  • Nengon
  • Palo
  • Pilón
  • Plena
  • Punto Guajiro
  • Quirribá
  • ritmos orientals
  • Rumba Columbia Habanera
  • Rumba Columbia Matancera
  • Rumba Columbia Santiaguera
  • Rumba Guaguanco
  • Rumba Jiribilla
  • Rumba Yambu
  • Son Cha
  • Son Montuno
  • Son Popular
  • Son Tradicional
  • Songo
  • Timba
  • Nueva Trova
  • Trova
  • Tumba Francesa
  • Tumba Francesa Frente
  • Tumba Francesa Mason
  • Tumba Francesa Tahona
  • Tumbada
  • Tumbao
  • Yambalu
  • Bomba del Chota Mapalé Montubio Shuar (Amazon Folk)
  • Chalatenango (Mayan) Xuc
  • Shanto
  • Compas Conbite Cadence Rampa Kadans Kompa Kreyòl Mini-jazz Mizik Rasin Méringue Rara
  • Zouk(Compas)
  • Punta (Garifunas)
  • Dancehall Dub Kumina Lovers Rock Mento Nyabinghi Ragga Reggae(Stepper’s,One Drop) Rocksteady Roots Reggae Ska
  • ZOUK Bèlè(“Bel Air”in Martinique) Biguine GwoKa(in Guadeloupe)
  • Banda Conjunto Cumbia Duranguense Mariachi Norteña Ranchera Sierra Huasteca Son
  • Huasteco Son Jarocho of Veracruz
  • Palo de Mayo Son Nica
  • Reggae en Español (original Reggaeton)
  • Canción Paraguaya Compuesto Galopa Guarania Krye’ÿ Polka Paraguaya Purahéi Jahe’o
  • Huayño Marinera
  • Aguinaldo Bomba Boogaloo Danza Décima(Decimeter) Guaracha Jibaro Plena Reggaeton Romantikeo Salsa Seis
  • Stringband
  • Kont
  • Stringband Big Drum Music
  • Tsáchila
  • Kaseko
  • Calypso Chut-kai-pang Chutney Chutney-soca Dancehall Extempo Gospelypso Pan music Parang(via Venezuela) Pichakaree Rapso Soca Steel Pan Yahdees
  • Fungi-ScratchBand-Quelbe Cariso(Folk Song) Bamboula Masquerade Music
  • Andean Music Culoepuya Redondo Drums Gaita Musica Llanera Reggae en Español Reggaeton Tambora Vallenato
  • Candombe Milonga Tango
  • Bolero Bulgarian Women’s Choir Contradanza Chula Electronica & House Polka Polska (Springar, pols, rundom, springleik) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polska_%28dance%29) Quadrille Rigadoon Springar Waltz Xotis
  • Bhaṅgṛā Gandharva Veda (Indian Classical) Ghazal Kathak Carnatic Gamelan Qawwali Sufi
  • Algerian Raï Arabic Pop Arabic Rap Arabesque music Assyrian/Syriac folk music Arabic Andalusian Berber music Byzantine music Christian Liturgical (Coptic, Syriac, etc) Kurdish Music Mawwal Nubian Music Persian Classical Music Persian Folk Music Pizmonim- Jewish liturgical Rapbesk Rnbesk Somali music Sufi Music Sha’abi Turkish Classical Music Turkish folk music Zajal

Sign up for our newsletter!

Prefer a paper copy? Click here!