SoundRoots / Spin the Globe Top 10 Albums
1. Richard Bona: Tiki
2. Word-Beat: The Soul Dances
3. Sara Tavares: Balancé
4. Slavic Soul Party: Bigger
5. Salif Keita: M'Bemba
6. Girish: Shiva Machine
7. Afrissippi: Fulani Journey
8. Fantazia: Mul Sheshe
9. Chirgilchin: Collectible
10. Sergio Mendes: Timeless
More summer world music tours/concerts have been announced recently, including Maria DeBarros (Cape Verde) at Jazz Alley June 6 & 7, Vusi Mahlasela @ Jazz Alley June 27 & 28,
And a fair number of regional festivals featuring world music are on the way, including:
Olympia World Sacred Music Festival
Northwest Folklife Festival
Juan De Fuca Festival
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
North American Jew's Harp Festival
Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival
various Festal ethnic celebrations at the Seattle Center
and, of course, Bumbershoot.
For more details on these and many other shows, see the SoundRoots/Spin the Globe calendar.
I still miss WOMAD, but these are some sweet consolation.