10 February 2011

Top 10 World Music Albums – February 2011

This month's SoundRoots / Spin The Globe top 10 chart, fresh as a late winter's day. You'll notice a new name at the top: Ravid Kahalani just popped onto my radar, and his amazing album has barely left my ears since. He's touring, and I'm planning to catch him in Seattle to see if there's as much heart and soul in his live performances as I hear in his recordings. He reminds me in different ways of some of my favorite singer/performers: Nawal (of the Comoros Islands), Jim Malcolm, Vusi Mahlasela, even folk singer Vance Gilbert (maybe it's the hair...). Check out his beautiful singing in the video below.

Also new this month are Mexican-flamenco-Arabic music from Nuriya, West African guitar by Sidi Toure, and pure percussion from Ritmodelia. And perhaps it's just a matter of great coincidental timing, but I couldn't leave off another percussion effort by Hossam Ramzy and Phil Thornton, just at a time when Egypt is indeed on the verge of being unveiled. Most of the links lead to listening, so click, explore, enjoy!
  1. Ravid Kahalani: Yemen Blues
  2. Aurelio: Laru Beya
  3. Wimme: Mun
  4. Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Chamber Music
  5. Nuriya: Tanita
  6. Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton: Egypt Unveiled
  7. Sidi Toure: Sahel Folk
  8. Ritmodelia: It’s Not Batucada!
  9. various artists: Listen to the Banned
  10. AfroCubism: AfroCubism

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