Top 10 World Music Albums - December 2006
1. I-Fam: Du Nouveau Sang
2. Boom Pam: Boom Pam
3. Bola Abimbola: Ara Kenge
4. Forro in the Dark: Bonfires of Sao Joao
5. Salem Tradicion: Krie
6. Putumayo Presents: One World, Many Cultures
7. Régis Gizavo, Louis Mhlanga, David Mirandon: Stories
8. Bole2 Harlem: Bole2Harlem Vol. 1
9. Izaline Calister: Kanta Helene
10. Samba Squad: Batuque
Watch for SoundRoots choices of favorite world music albums of 2006, coming at the end of December (post your nominations in the comments!).
The Grammy nominations are out, and among the global categories are these nominees:
Best Traditional World Music Album
- Music Of Central Asia Vol. 2: Invisible Face Of The Beloved: Classical Music Of The Tajiks And Uzbeks - The Academy Of Maqâm
- Endless Vision - Hossein Alizadeh & Djivan Gasparyan
- Hambo In The Snow - Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Charlie Pilzer
- Golden Strings Of The Sarode - Aashish Khan & Zakir Hussain
- Blessed - Soweto Gospel Choir
Best Contemporary World Music Album
- Tiki - Richard Bona
- M'Bemba - Salif Keita
- Wonder Wheel - The Klezmatics
- Long Walk To Freedom - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- Savane - Ali Farka Toure
Best Reggae Album
- Too Bad -Buju Banton
- Love Is My Religion -Ziggy Marley
- Youth- Matisyahu
- Rhythm Doubles -Sly & Robbie
- Who You Fighting For -UB40
In other global culture news,
- WFMU's Beware of the Blog has posted a breathtaking version of "Hair" -- in Japanese.
- Zimbabwean music fans might enjoy the interview with Stella Chiweshe at World Music Central...though the mbira queen seems to have a tendency toward very brief answers.
- It's not even on the festival website yet, so consider it a breaking story: SoundRoots has it on good authority that ZimFest will come to Olympia in 2007, hosted at the forested glens of South Puget Sound Community College. SPSCC is also hosting the World Sacred Music Festival in February -- could they be the new hub of global events for south Puget Sound?
- Muslims celebrating Christmas? Well why not? Jesus is considered a prophet in Islam. Still, is the world ready for a Muslim Christmas album? And are you good Christians going to let the Muslims outdo you in Christmas energy consumption? Oh wait...it turns out that Muslim Christmas is really all about "movies and Chinese food." Never mind.
- Finally, Ron sends us a link to a bizarre Japanese shopping site featuring mostly fish-related products. We're oh so tempted by the KingGyo-no-Hung Goldfish's excrement ("which you take internally and examine the results externally") but being musically minded, we're leaning toward the Glass Carp ("Compact, easy-to-play carp-shaped glass harp").
Oh, and tune into Spin The Globe this morning for the music of Cameroon.