Ethnic electronica

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Ethnic electronica (also known as ethnotronica, ethno electronica or ethno techno) combines elements of electronic and world music and was developed in the 1990s. The term ethnic electronica appears in music zines, in online music-related forums and blogs, and also in a title of a 2003 compilation Another Life: A Journey Into Ethnic Electronica (Love Cat Music).[1] The term "ethno-techno" was first seen with the release of Ethno-Techno: Sonic Anthropology Vol 1 Wax Trax! in 1994.[2]

Notable acts of ethnic electronica include Bryn Jones with his project Muslimgauze (before his death in 1999), the artists of Asian underground movement (Asian Dub Foundation, Joi, State of Bengal, Transglobal Underground, Natacha Atlas), Mozani Ramzan,[3] Shpongle, Ott, Zavoloka, Banco de Gaia, AeTopus, Zingaia, Afro-Celt Sound System, Métisse, A Tribe Called Red, early work by Yat-Kha (with Ivan Sokolovsky[4]). Among the commercial acts which work with this subgenre: Praise, Enigma, Ephemeral Mists, Deep Forest, Ivan Kupala, Stelsi, Agricantus. Another notable act commonly associated with the genre is Beats Antique, which combines world, electronic and Middle Eastern bellydance music elements.

There are a variety of different Celtic electronica artists including Martyn Bennett, Niteworks, Monster Ceilidh Band, Sketch and the Peatbog Faeries.


  1. ^ Another Life: A Journey Into Ethnic Electronica by Various Artists
  2. ^ "Various - Ethnotechno: Sonic Anthropology Vol. 1". Discogs. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mozani Ramzan — Get Down With Some Malaysian Ethno-Techno". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ (in Russian): СОКОЛОВСКИЙ, Иван : R.I.P. on – this article calls Yat-Kha the first Russian ethnic electronica