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Transglobal World Music Chart for February 2016

Senegalese artist Baaba Maal’s new album The Traveller is the number one album of the Transglobal World Music Chart in February 2016. The Traveller was recorded in both London and Senegal and was produced by Johan Hugo from The Very Best. The Traveller features Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons, who met Baaba Maal at his annual music festival ‘Blues Du Fleuve’ in Fouta, northern Senegal. “Working with Johan, I feel we have achieved a new mix of sensibilities and sounds that can’t be put in a box,” says Baaba Maal about the new album. “The Traveller defines how I feel about the planet, that despite its many problems, there is a lot of inspiration, and hope and beauty.”

Top 20 World Music Albums

1 Baaba Maal – The Traveller (Marathon Artists / Palm Recordings)
2 Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – Junun (Nonesuch Records)
3 Čači Vorba – Šatrika (Oriente Musik)
4 Lura – Herança (Lusafrica)
5 Sidestepper – Supernatural Love (Real World Records)
6 Dizu Plaatjies and Friends – Ubuntu-The Common String (Mountain Records)
7 Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin – Touristes (Six Degrees Records)
8 Bixiga 70 – III (Glitterbeat Records)
9 L’Attirail – La Route Interieure (Les Chantiers Sonores)
10 Kreiz Breizh Akademi – 5ed Round (Innacor)
11 Sam Lee & Friends – The Fade in Time (The Nest Collective)
12 Las Hermanas Caronni – Navega Mundos (Les Grands Fleuves)
13 Bareto – Impredecible (World Village)
14 Oratnitza – Folktron (Fusion Embassy)
15 Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues (Knife Edge Record)
16 Dimitris Mystakidis – Esperanto (Fishbow)
17 Kandia Kouyaté – Renascence (Sterns Music)
18 Sahra Halgan Trio – Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Buda Musique)
19 Bayarbaatar Davaasuren – The Art of Mongolian Khöömii [Throat Singing] (ARC Music)
20 Zulya and the Children of the Underground – On Love and Science (Zulya and the Children of the Underground)


Steel Drum Documentary to Air on World Channel

Steel band featured in Pan
Steel band featured in Pan

Pan! Our Music Odyssey is the title of a documentary that explores the magic and mystery behind the steel drum, also known as pan. The episode airs on Monday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on World Channel.

The film by directors Jérôme Guiot and Thierry Teston is part of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, a documentary series on contemporary art, life and culture across the African Diaspora.

Through docudrama, competition footage and interviews, Pan! Our Music Odyssey explores the development of the steel drum in Trinidad & Tobago to its place as a musical force around the world. While, initially, urban youth would form bands that became bitter and often bloody rivalries, soon their fierce loyalties played out in competitions.

The film captures the excitement as musicians show up with their “A” game at Panorama, the ultimate international steel band competition.


Best World Music Albums of 2015

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power


World Music Central presents the list of Best World Music albums of 2015 in alphabetical order.

Ana Alcaide – Tales of Pangea (ARC Music), Spain/Indonesia


Bachar Mar-Khalifé – Ya Balad (InFine), Lebanon


Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power (Glitterbeat), Mali


BKO Quintet – Bamako Today (Buda Musique), Mali


Dizu Plaatjies and Friends Ubuntu – The Common String (Mountain Records), South Africa


Esko Järvelä Epic Male Band – Rye Groove (Esko Järvelä), Finland


Giuliano Gabriele – Madre (iworld), Italy


Griselda Sanderson – Radial (Waulk Records), Scotland


Kelly Thoma – 7Fish (Kelly Thoma), Greece


Ludovico Einaudi – Taranta Project (Ponderosa Music & Art), Italy


Mamak Khadem – The Road (Innova), Iran/USA


Niyaz – Fourth Light (Six Degrees Records), Iran/USA


Ola Fresca – Elixir (Pipiki Records), USA


Pepe Luis Carmona Habichuela – La Vida Llega (Nuevos Medios), Spain


Sekou Kouyate – Sabaru (One World Records), Guinea


Shooglenifty – The Untied Know (Shoogle), Scotland


Taraf de Haïdouks – Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs), Romania


Terakaft – Alone (OutHere Records), Mali


Te Vaka – Amataga (Warm Earth Records), Polynesia


Vilma Timonen Quartet – Drops (Bafe’s Factory), Finland


Roma Music Celebrated at WOMEX 2015 Opening in Budapest

Romengo and Mónika Lakatos
Romengo and Mónika Lakatos

The WOMEX 2015 opening gala took place this evening at Müpa Budapest. Roma (Gypsy) music was honored with a selection of fine performers from the Carpathian Basin.

The musicians were Attila Oláh, Romengo and Mónika Lakatos, Tcha Limberger, Bea Palya, Ferenc Radics, along with István Pál Szalonna, and his all-star virtuoso ensemble.

We, world music lovers, love not just the music, but the stories that come along with the rhythms and melodies. The Roma Opening tells a fascinating story of different Gypsy communities of the Carpathian Region that lived together with Hungarians and their neighbors for centuries and slowly, through mutual respect of the others’ music, their cultures became a part of each other’s,” said local WOMEX partner Balazs Weyer, Hangvető’s Director of Programming.

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 22, the WOMEX Conference, Film Screenings and Trade Fair will begin at daytime venue Bálna.


World Music Expo WOMEX Seeking Host City Locations for 2018-2020

WOMEX 2014 in Santiago de Compostela - Photo by Jacob Crawfurd,
WOMEX 2014 in Santiago de Compostela – Photo by Jacob Crawfurd


WOMEX organizers Piranha Arts have announced a call for host city proposals this week. WOMEX caters to the global music community and takes place in Europe for organizational reasons. All cities and partners within the European Community (including Switzerland) are invited to consider and suggest a WOMEX host city.
The current call is for 2018, 2019 and/or 2020.

For more details, read


The Transglobal World Music Chart Releases its First Chart October 1, 2015

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power


The newly created Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC) released today, October 1st, 2015 the first list of its history. The Transglobal World Music Chart features the top world music recordings of the month selected by a panel of international journalists and radio DJs representing various continents. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba’s album Ba Power took the number one position.

1) Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba – Ba Power (Glitterbeat Records)
2) Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Quaranta (Ponderosa Music & Art)
3) Monsieur Doumani – Sikoses (Monsieur Doumani)
4) Totó la Momposina – Tambolero (Real World Records)
5) Taraf de Haïdouks – Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs)
6) Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal – Musique de Nuit (Six Degrees Records)
7) Titi Robin avec Mehdi Nassouli – Taziri (World Village)
8) Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa (World Circuit Records)
9) Samba Touré – Gandadiko (Glitterbeat Records)
10) Debashish Bhattacharya – Slide Guitar Ragas from Dusk till Dawn (Riverboat / World Music Network)
11) Terakaft – Alone (OutHere Records)
12) Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca – At Home (Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi)
13) Monoswezi – Monoswezi Yanga (Riverboat / World Music Network)
14) Novalima – Planetario (Wonderwheel Recordings)
15) Songhoy Blues – Music in Exile (Transgressive Records)
16) Kelly Thoma – 7 Fish (Kelly Thoma)
17) Ludovico Einaudi – Taranta Project (Ponderosa Music)
18) Efrén López – El Fill del Llop (Buda Musique)
19) Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band – Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band (Strut Records)
20) Amadou Balaké – In Conclusion (Stern’s Music)

Members of the TWMC panel: Araceli Tzigane (Spain), Ángel Romero Ruiz (USA), Juan Antonio Vázquez (Spain), Seth Jordan (Australia), Tony Hillier (Australia), Charlie Crooijmans (The Netherlands), Patrik Lindgren (Sweden), Nigel Wood (Ireland), Dore Stein (USA), Roger Holdsworth (Australia), Radio Mixticius (Colombia), Madan Rao (India), Gil Medovoy (USA), Chris Heim (USA), Ciro de Rosa (Italy), Scott Stevens (USA), Hendrick T.S. Foh (Malaysia), Cliff Furnald (USA), Jaïr Tchong (The Netherlands), Rob Weisberg (USA), Toni Polo (France/Spain), Nicolás Falcoff (Argentina), Masakazu Kitanaka (Japan), Jordi Demésenllà (Spain), Rafael Mieses (Dominican Republic), Luís Rei (Portugal), Jean Trouillet (Germany), Evangeline Kim (USA), Willi Klopottek (Luxembourg/Germany), Betto Arcos (Mexico/USA), Thorsten Bednarz (Germany), Alejandro López (Spain), Jon Kertzer (USA) , Ken Stowar (Canada), Jirí Moravcík (Czech Republic).

More details about the Transglobal World Music Chart


The First Transglobal World Music Chart to Be Announced in October



The Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC), a new world music” best of the month” listing, will reveal its first chart in October 2015.

The Transglobal World Music Chart is a network of international world music writers and radio DJs who specialize in various forms of world music: traditional and contemporary folk music, world beat, global fusion, global electronica and any other form of music rooted in tradition.

The new chart has a global vision, including representatives from various continents, seeking to expose the sounds of the planet based on merit and talent rather than popularity.

Starting in October, the TWMC will release a monthly chart. There will also be a “best of the year” chart at the end of each year. The TWMC is projected to include productions recorded in any country, including self-releases and small indie label recordings.

To contact chart members go to

The administrators and founder members of the TWMC are Juan Antonio Vázquez (Mundofonías, Spain), Araceli Tzigane (Mundofonías, Spain) and Ángel Romero Ruiz (World Music Central, USA).

For more details about the chart visit


World Music Institute Appoints Executive Director

Gaby Sappington,
Gaby Sappington, new Executive Director of World Music Institute
World Music Institute in New York has announced the appointment of Gaby Sappington as Executive Director of the organization. Gaby Sappington worked in the international departments of leading record companies: BMG Entertainment and Sony Classical. She marketed and promoted diverse artists including The Chieftains, Carlos Nunez, Murray Perahia, and Joshua Bell.

Most recently, as an executive at Make-A-Wish—an organization that grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, she managed all marketing, communications and branding initiatives for the Metro New York and Western New York chapter.

I’m excited about the opportunity to combine my passion for music and dance from around the world with my leadership experience in the non-profit and corporate world,” says Sappington. “I look forward to applying what I’ve learned towards increasing the visibility, funding and relevance of WMI in New York City’s diverse communities. The mission of World Music Institute speaks to me on a deep, personal level and I gladly commit to driving the efforts to help foster a deeper understanding of communities around the globe, which I consider to be of great importance.”

Gaby Sappington’s appointment continues to usher in an exciting new era for World Music Institute,” says WMI Board Chair Paul Palmer. ”Our organization has a rich history in New York’s world music community. Gaby’s knowledge, immense passion, and compelling background will guide and shape a dynamic leadership team eager to innovate and build upon our past accomplishments.”

Gaby takes over from acting Executive Director Cynthia McVay, who will return to the Board of Directors after serving nine months in the position. Cynthia stepped into the role in October 2014.

The new leadership team at WMI that Gaby joins includes Artistic Director Par Neiburger, who was appointed by McVay in November 2014 and is set to open his first full season of programming on September 15 with a four-night Lusophone Festival, featuring acts from Portuguese-speaking countries around the world.

WMI has also hired a new marketing director, Leandro Herbstein, who worked for 10 years in marketing and publicity for Putumayo World Music and was raised in Argentina.

For more details about the new season’s programming, go to World Music Institute announces the 2015-16 season.


Bellowhead to Perform Last Festival Gig at Towersey

Celebrated British contemporary folk music group Bellowhead will be disbanding soon. Bellowhead co-founder John Spiers has announced that the band’s last festival performance will be at Towersey Festival. “There’s something about Towersey Festival that is just ‘right,’ says Spiers. “It’s been a fixture on the summer folk scene for far longer than I’ve been playing and it has a unique blend of excitement and familiarity that makes you feel like you’re part of a throbbing, living tradition for the whole weekend.

With Bellowhead, I have played some of the most high-energy and blissful gigs at Towersey, there’s just something about a marquee in this rural setting towards the end of the summer season that encourages care-free, energetic and blissed out dancing audiences. As a performer, that is a godsend! Of course as a professional you should always try your hardest to play all the right notes in the right order, but music is so much more than that, at its best it is a full-on two way connection between the band and the audience and with a Towersey audience in full throng, well, life doesn’t get much better than that!

“And now I’ll get to play the last festival gig Bellowhead ever do at Towersey, where else? Although that will be sad in one way, it will also be incredibly joyful.”

Towersey Festival takes place August 28-31. More details about the band at Bellowhead. Festivals info at


Carla Pires Song to Appear in French Movie

Carla Pires
Carla Pires


“Cavalo à Solta,” a song performed by fado singer Carla Pires is included in the soundtrack of the French movie “L’échappée belle” that premiered in France in June. The song, written by Portuguese poet Ary dos Santos and musician Fernando Tordo, will be featured in Carla Pires’ upcoming album to be released in September 2015.

July 17, Garéoult Jazz Festival – Garèoult – France
July 19, Abbey de Sylvanès – Sylvanès – France

August 14, Spittelberg Theater – Vienna, Austria
August 19, Sail 2015 – Amsterdam
August 28, Festival de Ville Vieille – Salinelles – France

November 19, Ferme du Biéreau – Louvain-la-Neuve -Belgium
November 21, Casa da Música – Porto – Portugal
November 24, Centro Cultural de Belém – Lisbon
November 26, Fado performance – Rotterdam
November 27, Fado performance – Amsterdam
November 28, Fado performance – Amsterdam
November 29, Fado performance – Amsterdam