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  1. 1. Bareto - Impredecible

    'Peru has become a world music hotspot, its loping cumbia rhythms cross-pollinating with surf guitar (a longstanding passion in Amazonian Peru) and assorted electronica. Bareto, the country’s leading “tropical” band, touch all bases on this fifth album and first international release, mixing the mega-twang of surf guitar on instrumentals like La Voz del Sinchi with dreamy acoustica on El Loco, the latter featuring singer Susana Baca, the country’s most celebrated musical export. They also have a cool way with reggae, stretching into shimmering dub on Viejita Guarachera. Add squeaky Casio keyboards and the mixing skills of Sidestepper’s Richard Blair, and you have a soundtrack that’s both retro space-age and engagingly futurist.' - Neil Spencer, The Guardian

  2. 2. Fivil - Norwegian Folk Songs

    Fivil is a Norwegian vocal duo consistant thing of the two traditional singers Kirsti Bakken Kristiansen and Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt. 
    By playing with the individuality That exists in the traditional music and combi lift thiswith the diversity of melodies in Norwegian folk music, 
    Fivil has managed two create a sound unlikes anyone else.

  3. 3. Fabiano Do Nascimento - Dança dos Tempos

    'Dança dos Tempos is the debut album from thrilling, young Brasilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento, and it features legendary percussionist Airto Moreira in his first album project in over ten years. Dança dos Tempos follows folkloric Brasilian music as experienced through the mind and able fingers of an expansive musician, not yet thirty years old, and combines the heady ‘60s and ‘70s experimentalism of Hermeto Pascoal and Baden Powell with the childlike elegance of music played and passed down by native Brasilians for generations.' - Now-Again Records

  4. 4. Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde - Warszawa - Dakar

    'This album is a journey through space and time. The sound of exotic instruments and scales introduced into the mood of detachment from all ways of thinking about music, to which we have become accustomed. This separation allows you to travel back in time and meet with forgotten and newly reconstructed old Polish instruments sound. The meeting of the African Continent with Mazovian plains is the presentation of the joint Polish-Senegalese improvisation, composition, aesthetic experimentation based on both traditional Polish music and sung for centuries African songs and rhythms. In this way the work of art creates new artistic values ​​from both the sonic and aesthetic.' - Serpent.pl

  5. 5. Simo Lagnawi - The Gnawa Caravan - Salt

    'The Gnawa Caravan: Salt is the third album from UK-based Moroccan Gnawa master Simo Lagnawi. Salt, like water is a necessity of life, and this collection of traditional Gnawa music and original repertoire represents the next phase of Lagnawi’s life. These eleven pieces  revolve around Lagnawi’s guembri playing and strident vocals portraying aspects of Gnawa culture whilst exploring new territory. Lagnawi stirs in flavours of Guinean kora, Berber guitar and the desert landscapes of theTuareg people. The influence goes both ways, with  British musicians singing in Moroccan, playing Saharan blues guitar and riti, the one-stringed fiddle of the Fula people. European instruments such as  piano and clarinet add depth to the musical landscape. The result is a snapshot of the musical diversity of UK living, but with a strong Afrikan sensibility.' - Waulk Records

  6. 6. Gullberg / Balducci - Hildr

    'This duo emerges as something unique in Norwegian music. They have an outstanding ability to tell stories through folk music and reinforce this by using modern electronic instrumentation and digital signal processing. They build their musical arrangement from within a minimalist perspective. Hildr is the duo's debut album.' - Norcd Record Company

  7. 7. Baaba Maal - The Traveller

    'The Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal has the crossroads in his sights on his 11th studio album. His identity as a Fulani in a country of Wolofs remains central, as per opening roll, Fulani Rock. Integrated, too, are western and electronic sources, from producer Johan Hugo (The Very Best, whom Maal met through Africa Express), the presence of Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons, ditto) and the addition of that modernist rapper’s delight, Auto-Tune. Perhaps tracks such as Lampenda veer too far in the direction of accessible arena rock, and the final double whammy (War and Peace) featuring poet Lemn Sissay jars slightly, after Maal’s own dulcet tones. But there are compelling fusions – like the title track, which hovers deftly between tradition and an electronic blues.' - Kitty Empire, The Guardian

  8. 8. Tinariwen - Live In Paris

    'Tinariwen was founded more than 20 years ago by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who became obsessed with guitar after seeing one on TV in a western. He built his first instrument using a tin can, a stick and a bicycle brake cable.

    Their new recording “Live in Paris” (Anti-) documents the final show of a 130-stop tour, and it captures their concerts’ energy vividly. The recording features Lalla Badi, the 75-year-old Tuareg singer, on three tracks, and her husky voice makes a nice complement to the various lead singers and harmonies of Tinariwen. Two other highlights are “Tamatant Tiley” and “Toumast Tincha,” each a track that combines the group’s appealing rhythms with stinging, pungent guitar licks reminiscent of early tracks from Neil Young and Crazy Horse. These numbers are emblematic of the appeal of Tinariwen; they embrace musical traditions ranging from Algerian Raï and Malian Takamba to classic rock and soul with the greatest of ease.' - Martin Johnson, Wall Street Journal

  9. 9. Various Artists - Analog Africa No.19: Senegal 70 Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70s

    'In the early 1970s, Dakar was the crucible for a unique fusion of Cuban salsa, American soul and West African rhythms. Hammering talking drums fused with strutting funk and fiery Cuban brass – James Brown and Celia Cruz were among the visiting stars – and came topped with melodious Senegalese vocals. The 12 tracks here, drawn from rare vinyl and tapes made by the owner of renowned Dakar club Sangomar, capture the era perfectly. Languid moments such as Amara Touré’s El Carretero mix with torrid dance numbers by Orchestre Laye Thiam and Orchestra Baobab, whose spiralling guitar solos had a psychedelic tinge (move over Jerry Garcia). Still vibrant, this is pop archaeology at its best.' - Neil Spencer, The Guardian.

     
  10. 10. Yorkston / Thorne / Khan - Everything Sacred

    'World fusions don’t come more unlikely than this meeting of Scots folkie James Yorkston and Indian sarangi maestro Suhail Yusuf Khan; mournful northern lyricism meets eastern classicism. Unlikely, but with Lamb’s Jon Thorne bringing jazzy bass, the trio have cooked up an odd but engaging album. The mood is mostly contemplative, with Khan embellishing songs like the wistful title track with sinuous cello-like parts, while he gets his own devotional outings (Knochentanz, Sufi Song), where Yorkston “just did my best to keep up”. Ivor Cutler’s Little Black Buzzer is the standout, its drollery – “I’m sitting on top of the world and my bum is cold” – captured with help from Irish singer Lisa O’Neill. A heart-warmer.' - Neil Spencer, The Guardian