World Music, World Circuit

In Conversation with Nick Gold


  • Simone Krüger Liverpool John Moores University



World Music, music production, music label, Buena Vista Social Club, Ali Farka Touré, Ry Cooder


This interview with internationally acclaimed World Music record producer and World Circuit label owner Nick Gold explores numerous pertinent issues surrounding the birth and successes of the British World Music genre. With thirty years of experience working with ground-breaking World Music artists like Ibrahim Ferrer, Ali Farka Touré, Rubén González, Oumou Sangaré, Orchestra Baobab, Cheikh Lo and Toumani Diabaté, Nick’s World Circuit label has produced some of the finest and most successful World Music projects of the last two decades, notably the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club. With personal stories from his own career in World Music, Nick presents a first-hand account of running a World Music label, attending the infamous 1987 pub meeting, ingredients for successful World Music, Buena Vista Social Club and more, with a look towards the future of the World Music industry.

Author Biography

  • Simone Krüger, Liverpool John Moores University

    Simone Krüger is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, following her previous position as a Programme Leader in Popular Music Studies. Her research specialisms are, broadly defined, located in the sociology/anthropology of world music education; research methods, ethnography; musical globalization; the sociocultural study of music "at home" (Liverpool) and of Paraguay; and the cultural study of world popular music.


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How to Cite

Krüger, S. (2015). World Music, World Circuit: In Conversation with Nick Gold. Journal of World Popular Music, 2(2), 186-210.