Best World Music CDs of the Year in 2007

Temple of Sound - Globalhead
Temple of Sound – Globalhead

World Music Central presents the best picks of 2007 selected by our editors at World Music Central, our sister Spanish-language site Músicas del Mundo and special guests from the world music professional community.

Not all picks are world music, but what else would you expect from a collective of open minded people used to breaking barriers.

We begin with our special guests this year:

Andrea Sbaragli (A Sound Foundation/Bras.It, Italy)

Gerald Seligman (WOMEX, Germany)

Top Ten of 2007, in alphabetical order…

Dore Stein (Tangents Radio, KALW, San Francisco, USA)

My top whatever for the moment. Not necessarily in order although Arto probably is my overall favorite for second year in a row. (loved 2006’s Love Is Not In Your Mind)

2007 Tangents Top Whatever

 * released ’06 but heard in ’07

David McLoughlin (BM&A, Brazil/Ireland)

  • Bruna Caram – Essa Menina
  • Dudu Lima – “20 anos de pura música: Ao vivo”
  • Fabiana Cozza – “Quando o céu clarear”
  • Fernanda Takai – “Onde brilhem os olhos seus”
  • Lanny Gordin – Duos
  • Luciano Mello – “Universo Barato”
  • Montage – “I Trust My Dealer”
  • Siba e a Fuloresta – “Toda vez que eu dou um passo / O mundo sai do lugar”
  • Various – “Dolores: A Música de Dolores Duran”
  • Yamandu Costa – Lida

And here is what our editors and collaborators came up with:

Tom Orr (World Music Central, USA)

Yvonne Mitton (World Music Central/FRoots, UK)

Patty-Lynne Herlevi (World Music Central & Cranky Crow Whole Music, USA).

This year I am listing the 10 most listened to CDs in my collection. I don’t really have favorites, but instead I experience moods and cravings for certain types of music or certain artists. The following CDs represent what I currently crave.”

Pablo Rego (Músicas del Mundo, Argentina/Spain)

Susan Budig (World Music Central, free lancing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)

Rafael Mieses (Músicas del Mundo, USA)

Angel Romero (World Music Central / Músicas del Mundo, USA)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.