I thought I'd share with you something that definitely brings back memories. One of the regulars at The Culture Kitchen posted a retrospective of a South African band, Juluka, which was prominent during a portion of the 1980s. That band, as well as Johnny Clegg's subsequent band, Savouka, often got categorized as worldbeat. The term "worldbeat" was one we heard quite a bit in the 1980s. Sometimes what got categorized as such was bland corporate pop augmented by "exotic" sounding instruments. Sometimes, what fell under the label of worldbeat was really something special. Juluka was the real deal, created by artists who truly wanted to shake things up in Apartheid-era South Africa.
Take a look over there and enjoy a trip down memory lane.