11 November 2007

World Music Top 10 - November 2007

SoundRoots / Spin The Globe
Top 10 World Music Albums - November 2007

1. Shantel:
Disco Partizani!

Germany's Balkan beatmeister shines on this infectious party album.

2. various artists: Rough Guide to Latin Funk
This fantastic compilation drops from #1, but stays high on the charts this month.

3. Albino: Rhino
Bay Area Afrobeat ensemble now on tour, keeping Fela's musical legacy (and the art of musical politics) alive.

4. Shukar Collective: Rromatek
Rromatek tosses out the roots-city balance of their first album and leaps into a more techno sound, letting the beats and programming dominate much of the album, with mixed results.

5. Habib Koite & Bamada: Afriki
Mali's guitar-toting griot's powerful new album.

6. Manu Dibango: Lion of Africa
Don't think of Dibango as a relic of the synth-laden Afropop past; his new CD will win him new fans.

7. Mau Mau: Dea
Raucous Italian group mixes rock and roots in a unique, high-energy blend.

8. Gipsy.cz: Romano Hip Hop
Yes, Gipsy kids can get u down!

9. various artists- The Roots of Chicha
On the edge of the Amazon in the ’60s, a sound emerged that united Peru's indigenous melodies with Colombia’s highly-danceable cumbia rhythm, surf rock wah-wah pedals, and rock and roll’s organ-playing.

10. Jake Shimabukuro: Hula Girls Soundtrack
Jake's sweet ukulele plus some guest vocalists on this soundtrack of a movie described by one fan as "The Full Monty with grass skirts set in Japan." How can you resist that? [Watch the Japanese trailer]


IN GLOBAL NEWS
Impacts of Lucky Dube's murder (Christian Science Monitor)
Manu Chao interview (Pitchforkmedia)
Interview with Thomas Mapfumo (Kentucky.com)
Kites help heal Darfur's children (Christian Science Monitor)
Youssou N'Dour interview (Telegraph)
Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees announced
Trailer for the film Sonic Mirror


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