16 November 2011

Top 10 Global CDs, November 2011

SoundRoots / Spin The Globe Top 10 World Music Albums – November 2011
  1. Nawal: Embrace the Spirit
  2. Kiran Ahluwalia: Am Zameen:Common Ground
  3. Sola Rosa: Get It Together
  4. Les Freres Smith: Contreband Mentality
  5. Lila Downs: Pecados y Milagros
  6. Jadid Ensemble: Sigh of the Moor
  7. March Fourth Marching Band: Magnificent Beast
  8. Anoushka Shankar: Traveller
  9. Te Vaka: Havili
  10. Kora Jazz Band: Kora Jazz Band and Friends
Lots of new music this month, coming in just in time to be considered for next month's Best of 2011 collection. Perhaps the most likely to succeed in that regard is the last album on this list, the new offering from the Kora Jazz Band, a stunning and powerful album featuring guests Manu Dibango, Andy Narell, and Omar Marquez, though for me a highlight is the piano playing of Abdoulaye Diabate. Just damn! You'll also see new music here from Lila Downs, Kiran Ahluwalia, Sola Rosa (reviewed earlier this week), and more brilliant instrumental music from the Jadid Ensemble. It's a strong chart, so feel free to explore it for gift ideas. Or just for your own listening pleasure.

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