Indie goes world music crazy

29 January 2008: Number 50 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of indie music

Noughties blogs such as Dalston Oxfam Shop hinted at the possibilities available to indie bands if they embraced global sounds, but it took the release of Vampire Weekend's first album for a full-scale incorporation of "world" music to occur. These preppy New Yorkers looked to Africa – more specifically the sounds of Soweto – for inspiration, but soon other artists were in on the act and far-flung corners of the globe were being mined for their music by the likes of Friendly Fires, Tune-Yards and El Guincho.

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Tim Jonze

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