19 May 2011

World Music Top 10 - May 2011

Spin The Globe’s Top 10 World Music Albums – May 2011
  1. Hadag Nahash: 6
  2. A Bossa Eletrica: Do Norte
  3. Antwerp Gipsy-Ska Orkestra: I Lumia Mo Kher
  4. Scharlatöne: Hals uber Köpf
  5. various artists: The Rough Guide to Klezmer, 2nd edition
  6. M.A.K.U. Sound System: Vamos Bien
  7. Azam Ali: From the Night to the Edge of Day
  8. Ocote Soul Sounds: Taurus
  9. Vieux Farka Toure: The Secret
  10. Malika Zarra: Berber Taxi
Lots of new sounds this month, led off by Israeli hip-hop/soul/funk troupe Hadag Nahash. I don't know much about their politics, but somehow I have it in my head that they are the musical equivalent of Obama's Middle East speech tonight: a similar call for change and opportunity, with more than a little partying along the way. Not sure if their music is really widely available, but the album link above will get you to their website where you can track down their energetic music.

Have fun exploring these links. And here's a Hadag Nahash video to give you a taste of their music and style.


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