08 January 2015

Best Global Music of 2014

I know, there's been a paucity of posts on SoundRoots of late. 2014 turned out to have a lot challenges and distractions that took me away from writing, but I'm optimistic that 2015 will find us having more good conversations here about music, culture, and other fun stuff. I'll start it all off with a roundup of what I (and listeners) found to be the best, most engaging, most interesting global music of 2014. 
If I missed your favorite artist or album, leave a comment and your reasons it should have been included. Or heck, leave your own entire list! It's a big world, and while our tastes may differ, we can certainly learn from each other.
 Happy New Year!
Best global albums 2014
Noura Mint Seymali1.     Noura Mint Seymali:  Tzenni
2.     Gypsy Hill:  Our Routes
3.     Adrian Raso & Fanfare Ciocarlia:  Devil’s Tale
4.     Nistha Raj:  Exit 1
5.     The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band:  21st Century Molam
6.     Alsarah & The Nubatones:  Silt
7.     Aurelio: Lándini
8.     Mamani Keita:  Kanou
9.     Amsterdam Klezmer Band:  Blitzmash
10.  Aziza Brahim:  Mabruk
11.  Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba:  Jama Ko
12.  The Toure-Raichel Collective:  The Paris Session
13.  Toumani Diabati, Sidiki Diabati:  Toumani & Sidiki
14.  Bombay Rickey:  Cinfonia
15.  Hijaz:  Nahadin
16.  Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate:  Faya
17.  Ana Tijoux:  Vengo
18.  Kiran Ahluwalia Sanata: Stillness
19.  Korrontzi: Tradition 2.1
20.  Bossacucanova:  Our Kind of Bossa

Favorite compilations 2014
25 Years of Brazilian Beats (Mr. Bongo Presents)
20 Years Sheer African Jazz
Beyond Addis:   Contemporary Jazz & Funk Inspired By Ethiopian Sounds from the 70's
Wired for Sound – Mozambique
South Africa (Celebrating 20 Years of Freedom)
Real World 25

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