22 June 2010

Top 10 World Music Albums, June 2010

Spin The Globe's Top 10 World Music Albums - June 2010
  1. Gotan Project: Tango 3.0
  2. Tony Allen: Secret Agent
  3. Magnifico: Magnification
  4. Playing for Change Live
  5. various artists: Putumayo Presents South Africa
  6. Red Baraat: Chall Baby
  7. Yellow Sisters: Tubab Woman
  8. various artists: Next Stop Soweto Vol. 3
  9. Amabutho: Sikelela
  10. Salif Keita: La Difference
Topping this month's charts is the latest by Gotan Project: Tango 3.0. You may have heard some of it in TV commercials, but the rest of the album is worth checking out. Tony Allen's still up there, though I'm stricken that other commitments kept me from seeing his recent performance in our area.

I'm still getting acquainted with Magnifico, who reminds me more than a little of Shantel. Then there's the live version of the Youtube sensation Playing For Change, and while it may be less quirky, it's a fascinating collaboration among very diverse artists. Rounding out the top 5 is the Putumayo compilation from the host of the ongoing World Cup.

The bottom half of the list includes Bhangra funksters Red Baraat, Czech harmonists Yellow Sisters, Safrojazz on Next Stop Soweto... Vol. 3, more South African music from Amabutho, and the new Salif Keita.

More reviews coming soon, but right now I've got to catch up on other work delayed by my mornings of watching World Cup matches (Japan!). The tournament is leaving me exhausted, and it's only half over!


As always, if you think I've missed a great current album or if you simply have comments or questions about the list, please leave a comment!



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