Best World Music Recordings of 2010, Editor’s Picks

We present the 10 Best World Music albums of 2010 lists. This year we have the lists of contributors to World Music Central, our Spanish language site Músicas del Mundo and our special guest, freelance writer Evangeline Kim, who writes for National Geographic Music, TRACE Magazine, Afropop, Giant Step, and Songlines Magazine.

Evangeline Kim (National Geographic Music, Afropop, Songlines, etc.) Top 10 World Music Recordings for 2010


Evangeline also recommends Timbila – Remembering The Future (Timbila), Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds, & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway), Angola Soundtrack – The Unique Sound of Luanda (1968-1976) (Analog Africa), Tony Allen – Secret Agent (World Circuit/Nonesuch), Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate (World Circuit/Nonesuch), Caetano Veloso – Zii e Zie (Nonesuch), Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-1991 (Soundway), Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars – Rise and Shine (Cumbancha), World Christmas Party (Putumayo).


Angel Romero (World Music Central) Top 10 World Music Recordings for 2010 in order of preference

    1. Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela – Hands (Dare2 Records DR2-006, 2010)
    2. SonAires de la Frontera – Moroneando (Bujio BJ-206, 2010)
    3. Jorge Strunz – Neotropical Nocturnes (Selva Records, 2010)
    4. Altan – Altan: 25th Anniversary Celebration (Compass Records, 2010)
    5. Hassan Erraji – Awal Mara (World Village, 2010)
    6. Afrocubism (World Circuit, 2010)
    7. Sierra Maestra – Sonando Ya (World Village, 2010)
    8. Various Artists – Cantigas do Camiño (Boa Music/Do Fol, 2010)
    9. Alpha Yaya Diallo – Immé (Jericho Beach Music, 2010)
    10. King Sunny Ade – Baba Mo Tunde (IndigeDisc)

Angel also recommends Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-1991 (Soundway), Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Viva La Tradicion (Concord Picante), Ranjit Barot – Bada Boom (King Records/Abstract Logix Records), Various Artists – Mujeres de Agua (Universal Music Spain), Mixtolobo – Frontera (Bujio Producciones), Fat Freddy’s Drop – Fat Freddy’s Drop Live at Roundhouse London (The Drop), Contradanza – Tentenelaire (Galileo Music/Nufolk), Solas – The Turning Tide (Compass Records) [Note Los Chicharrons – Roots of Life (Tummy Touch Records, 2010) was removed from top 10 list because it is a 2011 release]
Best DVD: Raga: A Film Journey to the Soul of India – Ravi Shankar

Tom Orr (World Music Central) Top 10 World Music Recordings for 2010

Tom also Also recommends: Carmen Souza – Protegid (Galileo Music); Toto La Momposina – La Bodega (Astar); 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – 10 Deadly Shots Vol. 1 (ROIR); Various Artists – Jammys From the Roots (Greensleeves) and the Next Stop… Soweto series Next Stop Soweto 1-3 (Strut Records).

Best DVD of the year was Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, though the documentary accompanying the Pena CD gets high marks as well. One more thing: The Nour Eddine album listed above is an excellent sampling of Gnawa trance tunes, but the generic title does it a considerable disservice (ARC Music, take
note).

Patricia Herlevi ( Whole Music Experience & World Music Central) Top 10 World Music Recordings for 2010

Best DVD: Marina Rossell – “classics Catalans…” (World Village)

Rafael Mieses (Músicas del Mundo) Top 10 World Music Recordings for 2010

    1. Xiomara Laugart – “La voz” (Chesky Records)
    2. Juan Luis Guerra – “A son de Guerra” (Capitol Latin)
    3. Esperanza Spalding – “Chamber Music Society” (Heads Up)
    4. Toumani Diabaté and Ali Farka Toure – “Ali and Toumani” (Nonesuch)
    5. Roberto Fonseca – “Live in Marciac (Enja)
    6. David Becker Tribune – “Batavia” (Acoustic Music Record)
    7. Adalberto Alvarez y su Son “El son de altura” (BIS)
    8. AfroCubism (Nonesuch)
    9. Angelique Kidjo – “Oyo” (Razor & Tie Entertainment)
    10. John Scofield & Vince Mendoza – “54”(ECM)


Angel Manuel Hernandez Montes (Músicas del Mundo) Top 10 World Music Recordings for 2010

    1. O’Carolan – “El Reloj Secreto”
    2. Boys of the Hills – “Boys of the Hills”
    3. Javier Limón – “Mujeres De Agua
    4. Luar Na Lubre – “Solsticio
    5. Jose Luis Encinas – “Guitarras y Lobos”
    6. John Fairhurst – “Band”
    7. Mailla – “Mailla”
    8. Chano Domínguez – “Piano Ibérico”
    9. La Bruja Gata – “Baile de Libélulas”
    10. Chico Ocaña – “Canciones De Mesa Camilla”
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