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:
Seya
6. Nickodemus:
Sun People
7. Rotfront:
Emigrantski Raggamuffin
8. Martin Cradick & the Baka at Gbine:
Baka Beyond the Forest
9. Vieux Farka Toure:
Fondo
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:

4 comments:

jonathan said...

Hello! Ive been looking at your site for about a good year now. I have never commented on anything but I just wanted to say thank you for continuing this site. It really does mean a lot to me and helps me broaden my knowledge of world! Please make the ska episode. That would rock!

S A Stevens said...

Thanks for {finally} leaving a comment, Jonathan! Hope you'll continue to drop by, and comment, and let us know what you're thinking and listening to. In the week or so that I've had ska on my mind, I've been finding a great variety of global ska, so this will be coming soon!

Liz said...

i think zap mama should be on this list! love love love LOVE her. flyp just wrote a great article about her:
http://www.flypmedia.com/issues/plus/12/#1/1

S A Stevens said...

Liz - thanks for the note. I'm also a longtime fan of Zap Mama, from back when it was more a group than a pseudonym for Marie Dulne alone. But I have to say that as much as I enjoy her new album, ReCreation, It's certainly less "world music-y" than previous offerings. It's got a couple of tracks that I've been spinning, but much of it is just too R&B/pop for SoundRoots or Spin The Globe. It's absence on this list is thus more one of focus than of quality.