World Music has expanded as a category so much in the past ten years that at this point it is harder to say what it isn't, than what it is. The Peruvian band Novalima manages to pack a world's worth of musical influences into what they do, including working the turntables as "Coba Soundsystem", and their sound is, to my ears, as refreshing and pop-oriented as any band out there. But they are very conscious of where they come from, and when I interviewed them, they were quite specific about their efforts to modernize and revive the Afro-Peruvian musical heritage.
They were all checking their cellphones when I walked over, which I thought was a fun place to start.
The light was kind of dreadful at the bar but it was the quietiest place I could find to interview the guys. So I boosted the color and contrast for a kind of comic-book effect...it's fun to experiment! But of course, I have to tell you the guys are much cuter than this makes them look :-)