17 June 2009

Top 10 World Music Albums, June 2009

With spring have come a slew of great new global albums, so much so that it's challenging to whittle the list down to ten this month. Hanging on from last month are the amazing sounds of Kinshasha's Staff Benda Bilili, Bela Fleck's African collaborations, And Moana & the Tribe's conscious Maori music leading the charge. Otherwise, it's all brand new. SoundRoots recently reviewed Madera Limpia's new album and hardly needs to introduce the great Malian singer Oumou Sangare.Moana & the Tribe - Wha - on SoundRoots.org

Rounding out the list are NYC's DJ Nickodemus (check here for a free mp3), the brash blast of Rotfront, one of a pair of new albums by Baka Beyond and friends, new Malian guitar work by Vieux Farka Toure, and the Chicago-Ghana collaboration known as Oriental Brothers Dance Band International (on tour; schedule here).

SoundRoots / Spin The Globe Top 10 Global Albums, June 2009
(click on album title for sound samples / more info)
1. Moana & the Tribe: Wha
2. Madera Limpia:
La Corona
3. Staff Benda Bilili:
Tres Tres Fort
4. Bela Fleck:
Throw Down Your Heart
5. Oumou Sangare:
6. Nickodemus:
Sun People
7. Rotfront:
Emigrantski Raggamuffin
8. Martin Cradick & the Baka at Gbine:
Baka Beyond the Forest
9. Vieux Farka Toure:
10. Oriental Brothers Dance Band International:
Odo Sambra

I'm thinking of putting together an episode of Spin The Globe with a global ska theme. What do you think? Wait...don't answer yet. Watch this first:

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