13 February 2011

Global Music Grammy Winners

So who can tell me the actual, detailed difference between "traditional" world music and "contemporary" world music in the eyes of the Grammys? The Grammy winners are out, and in both of these categories are surprisingly strong albums, though both are contemporary acoustic albums, and I'm not sure I see the difference in flavor. 

Perhaps we need a category for "Best World Music Party Album" next year, so we can include some of the great omitted albums from the past year, albums such as Boban Markovic Orkestar's The Promise, Cheikh Lo's Jamm, Red Baraat's Chaal Baby, and Axum's self-titled release.

The process of these awards might be overblown and often dismissive of other deserving artists, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check out the winners. So here are the official 2010 Grammy winners in "world music"-ish categories that might interest SoundRoots fans:

Best Traditional World Music Album: Ali and Toumani by Ali Farka Toure and Tourmani Diabate

Best Contemporary World Music Album: Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions part 2: Unreleased Tracks by Bela Fleck

Best Latin Jazz Album: Chucho’s Steps by Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: El Existential by Grupo Fantasma

Best Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradicion by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Best Reggae Album: Before the Dawn by Buju Banton

Best Hawaiian Music Album: Huana Ke Aloha by Tia Carrere

Best Native American Music Album: 
2010 Gathering of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit’s Dance (compilation)



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