Fat Freddy’s Drop


From: Wellington, New Zealand

Sounds Like: The smoothest jam band you’ve ever heard

There seems to be a tendency to define World Music as music that’s not spoken in English. This doesn’t really work though since a good portion of people in the world speak English and, to non-Americans, Americana music is technically World Music. So World Music can still be sung in English, but what makes music “World” is its sound and its origins, whether it’s just from one country or if it’s a blend of various cultures.

Fat Freddy’s Drop is a mix of so many different musical genres – dub, reggae, soul, jazz, R&B, jamband – that this really is the world’s music all blended into one sweet fusion. The band has actually been around for a while and are very well known and successful in their native New Zealand, but I think that it’s time for the United States to catch on.

My personal favorite is 2009’s Dr. Boondigga & The Big BW, but all their albums are good.

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