Finding an encyclopedia article related to your topic can provide helpful background information. As you read these articles, write down key terms, such as people, people-groups, music genres & styles, and locations. These will help you search for more targeted information on your topic.
Try searching in an encyclopedia of world music. The library's print reference collection, on the 1st floor by the Research Assistance Desk, has several relevant titles, pictured below.
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