06 January 2008

World Music Top 10 - January 2008

SoundRoots / Spin The Globe
Top 10 World Music Albums - January 2008

1. Sola Akingbola: Routes to Roots
2. Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat:
Songs from a Persian Garden
3. Rajery:
4. Besh o Drom:
When I Catch the Devil...
5. Electric Kulintang:
6. Cocoa Tea:
Biological Warfare
7. Ladysmith Black Mambazo:
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
various artists: The Inspiring New Sounds of Rio De Janeiro
A Filial - The Inspiring New Sounds of Rio de Janeiro
9. Orchestra Baobab: Made in Dakar
10. Da Cruz:
Nova Estação

I've been singing the praises of Routes to Roots for some time now, so I suppose it's about time I gave you a tasted of this stellar recording of Yoruba chants and rhythms.

[mp3] Sola Akingbola: Olukumi
from Routes to Roots

Gipsy.cz has dropped off the chart, at least for now, but you can read a long interview with Radoslav Banga here.

The 50th annual Grammy Awards will be doled out on Feb. 10. Among the global category nominees are
Best Traditional World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Best Contemporary World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
  • Céu
    [Six Degrees Records/Urban Jungle Records/Starbucks Entertainment]

  • Gil Luminoso
    Gilberto Gil
    [DRG Brazil]

  • Momento
    Bebel Gilberto
    [Ziriguiboom/Crammed Discs/Six Degrees]

  • Djin Djin
    Angelique Kidjo
    [Razor & Tie Direct/Starbucks Entertainment]

  • An Ancient Muse
    Loreena McKennitt
    [Verve Records/Universal Music Group]
(I love Konono No. 1, but can anyone explain why they're in the "traditional" category?)

On an non-musical but culturally important note, a couple of sites to check out: The Story of Stuff, and What the World Eats (I've been reading the book, which goes into much more detail than the website).

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