1. Hazmat Modine: Bahamut
2. Djelimady Tounkara: Solon Kono
3. Fantazia: Mul Sheshe
4. Ugarte Anaiak: Ttakunetan
5. Word-Beat: The Soul Dances
6. Anga: Echu Mingua
7. Salif Keita: M'Bemba
8. Sergio Mendes: Timeless
9. Richard Bona: Tiki
10. Toumani Diabate & Ali Farka Toure: In the Heart of the Moon
I've cheated a little in this month's Top 10: Two of the albums -- by Richard Bona and Salif Keita -- actually won't be officially released for weeks (or months).... Will report back soon on Les Ballets Africains -- they're currently on tour, and I'll be seeing their show this afternoon at the Washington Center here in Olympia.
Other notes: Today's New York Times has an interesting article on Wu Man, touching on her early training and the new music she heard upon arriving in the US.
"Before the United States, there was so much I hadn't heard," she said. "I had never heard jazz. I never heard John Cage, Philip Glass, all those American composers. Never heard Indian music. I had heard Bollywood music, but the sitar, that sort of stuff, really very new."