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Spanish Folk Music Band Vigüela Tops the October 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart

A Tiempo Real – A New Take on Spanish Tradition (ARC Music), the double album by Spanish folk music band Vigüela is the number one album of the the October 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart.

Vigüela has captured the essence of Spanish folk music as performed in village homes, festivities and celebrations in the province of Castilla-La Mancha and beyond. The group performs their materials on folk instruments and kitchen utensils such as guitarros manchegos (small guitars from Castile-La Mancha), castanets, frame drums, the zambomba friction drum, folk guitars, triangles, the bowed 1-stringed rabal, lutes, jars, bottles, mortar and frying pans.

The rest of the chart:

2. SANS – Kulku – Cloud Valley
3. Ammar 808 – Maghreb United – Glitterbeat
4. Samba Touré – Wande – Glitterbeat
5. Anandi Bhattacharya – Joys Abound – Riverboat / World Music Network
6. Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo – Montuno / Shanachie / Wagram
7. Minyeshu – Daa Dee – ARC Music
8. Baul Meets Saz – Namaz – Seyir Muzik
9. Grupo Mono Blanco – ¡Fandango! Sones Jarochos de Veracruz – Smithsonian Folkways
10. V.A. – Two Niles To Sing a Melody: The Violins & Synths of Sudan – Ostinato

11. Chancha Vía Circuito – Bienaventuranza – Wonderwheel
12. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light – Kravenworks
13. Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon – Blue Desert – Blue Desert
14. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd – Visions of Selam – Accords Croisés
15. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
16. Cimbalom Brothers – Testvériség / Brotherhood – Fonó Budai Zeneház
17. Marta Gómez – La Alegría y el Canto – Aluna
18. Eliades Ochoa & Alejandro Almenares – Dos Gigantes de la Música Cubana – Tumi
19. Harouna Samake – Kamale Blues – One World
20. Stella Chiweshe – Kasahwa: Early Singles – Glitterbeat

21. Sväng – Sväng Plays Tango – Galileo Music
22. Sekou Bah – Soukabbè Mali – Clermont Music
23. Cemîl Qoçgîrî & Manuel Lohnes – Bêdawîtî – Ahenk Müzik
24. Opium Moon – Opium Moon – Be Why Music
25. Red Baraat – Sound the People – Rhyme & Reason
26. Bombino – Deran – Partisan
27. Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró – Scubidu
28. Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana – Argento – Visage
29. Small Island Big Song – Small Island Big Song – Small Island Big Song
30. Dur-Dur Band – Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks – Analog Africa

31. Alba Griot Ensemble – The Darkness Between the Leaves – Riverboat / World Music Network
32. Jaune Toujours – Europeana – Choux de Bruxelles
33. Mehdi Rostami & Adib Rostami – Melodic Circles – ARC Music
34. Catarina Dos Santos – Rádio Kriola – ARC Music
35. Ann O’aro – Ann O’aro – Buda Musique
36. Okonkolo – Cantos – Big Crown
37. Markus & Shahzad – Tumba ! – Dionysiac Tour
38. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
39. Nancy Vieira – Manhã Florida – Lusafrica
40. Bokanté + Metropole Orkest – What Heat – Real World

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Samba Touré Tops the September 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart

Wande (The Beloved), the album by Malian musician Samba Toure tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in September 2018.

We had a totally different album in mind,” Touré said, “a return to something more traditional, almost acoustic. I think this album is less dark than the previous ones. It has some sad and serious songs, but it sounds more peaceful. All the first takes have been kept, I didn’t re-record any guitar lines, the first takes are the one you can hear on the album. There are less overdubs than in previous albums, we didn’t try to polish or make anything perfect, it gives a more natural feeling.”

2. Ammar 808 – Maghreb United – Glitterbeat
3. Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo – Montuno / Shanachie / Wagram
4. Anandi Bhattacharya – Joys Abound – Riverboat / World Music Network
5. SANS – Kulku – Cloud Valley
6. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
7. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light – Kravenworks
8. Vigüela – A Tiempo Real – ARC Music
9. Chancha Vía Circuito – Bienaventuranza – Wonderwheel
10. Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró – Scubidu

11. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
12. Red Baraat – Sound the People – Rhyme & Reason
13. Bombino – Deran – Partisan
14. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
15. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
16. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique
17. Eliades Ochoa & Alejandro Almenares – Dos Gigantes de la Música Cubana – Tumi
18. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd – Visions of Selam – Accords Croisés
19. Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon – Blue Desert – Blue Desert
20. Grupo Mono Blanco – ¡Fandango! Sones Jarochos de Veracruz – Smithsonian Folkways

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Ammar 808 Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in August 2018

The album Maghreb United (Glitterbeat) by Ammar 808 is the number one album on the August 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart. Ammar 808 is the cutting edge global electronica project of Sofyann Ben Youssef, the leader of acclaimed Tunisian act Bargou 08.

The rest of the list:

2. Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo – Montuno / Shanachie / Wagram
3. Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki – LA Café
4. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
5. Samba Touré – Wande – Glitterbeat
6. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
7. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
8. Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró – Scubidu
9. Bombino – Deran – Partisan
10. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique

11. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
12. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
13. Anandi Bhattacharya – Joys Abound – Riverboat / World Music Network
14. Invisible System – Bamako Sessions – Riverboat / World Music Network
15. Rahim AlHaj Trio – One Sky – Smithsonian Folkways
16. Nancy Vieira – Manhã Florida – Lusafrica
17. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Odradek
18. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light – Kravenworks
19. Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra – Avo Kanto – Satélite K
20. Solju – Ođđa Áigodat – Bafe’s Factory

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Fatoumata Diawara Number 1 on Transglobal World Music Chart in July 2018

Fenfo, the new album by Malian sensation Fatoumata Diawara is the number 1 album in July on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

The rest of the July chart:

2. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
3. Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki – LA Café
4. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
5. Samba Touré – Wande – Glitterbeat
6. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique
7. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
8. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Odradek
9. Nancy Vieira – Manhã Florida – Lusafrica
10. El Naán – La Danza de las Semillas – El Naán

11. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
12. Bombino – Deran – Partisan
13. Ammar 808 – Maghreb United – Glitterbeat
14. Solju – Ođđa Áigodat – Bafe’s Factory
15. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
16. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd – Visions of Selam – Accords Croisés
17. Rahim AlHaj Trio – One Sky – Smithsonian Folkways – Joys Abound – Riverboat / World Music Network
19. Djeneba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso – Lusafrica
20. Invisible System – Bamako Sessions – Riverboat / World Music Network

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Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Top The Transglobal World Music Chart in June 2018

The album Soar (Bendigedig), the new collaboration between Welsh harp player Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora virtuoso Seckou Keita has reached the Number 1 position at the The Transglobal World Music Chart in June 2018.

The rest of the June list:

2. El Naán – La Danza de las Semillas – El Naán
3. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
4. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
5. Nancy Vieira – Manhã Florida – Lusafrica
6. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Odradek
7. Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki – LA Café
8. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
9. Solju – Ođđa Áigodat – Bafe’s Factory
10. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique

11. Djénéba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso – Lusafrica
12. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd – Visions of Selam – Accords Croisés
13. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cósmico – Glitterbeat
14. Samba Touré – Wande – Glitterbeat
15. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times – Strut
16. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
17. Rahim AlHaj Trio – One Sky – Smithsonian Folkways
18. Grupo Mono Blanco – ¡Fandango! Sones Jarochos de Veracruz – Smithsonian Folkways
19. Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Sudbina: A Portrait of Vida Pavlović – Vogiton
20. Sopa de Pedra – Ao Longe Já Se Ouvia – Sopa de Pedra

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La Danza de Las Semillas, Best World Music Album in May 2018

La Danza de Las Semillas by Spanish folk music innovators El Naán is the number one album in May 2018 at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

On La Danza de Las Semillas, the seven multi-instrumentalists perform a remarkable intermingling of contemporary Spanish folk music, Afro-Cuban chants and rhythms, folk-rock, and beyond.

The rest of the list this month includes:

2. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin (Monsieur Doumani)
3. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar (Bendigedig)
4. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
5. Djénéba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (Lusafrica)
6. Femi Kuti – One People One World (Knitting Factory)
7. Koum Tara – Koum Tara (Obradek)
8. Sara Tavares – Fitxadu (Sony Music Portugal)
9. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol (10h10 / Cristal)
10. Kora Jazz Trio – Part IV (Cristal)

11. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
12. Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Sudbina: A Portrait of Vida Pavlović – Vogiton
13. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cósmico – Glitterbeat
14. Samurai Accordion – Te – Visage Music
15. V.A. – I’m Not Here to Hunt Rabbits – Piranha
16. Okra Playground – Ääneni Yli Vesien – Nordic Notes
17. Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán – Daptone
18. Goran Bregović – Three Letters from Sarajevo, Opus 1 – Decca / Wrasse
19. Sopa de Pedra – Ao Longe Já Se Ouvia – Turbina
20. Son Palenque – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguiá – Palenque

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Angathin by Monsieur Doumani, Top Album in April 2018 at Transglobal World Music Chart

Angathin, the new recording by Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani is the number 1 album in April 2018 month at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angathin translates as ‘thorn’ and addresses more than ever, the political, social and activist concerns and sensitivities of the group members and it is a call for rebellion against corruption, racism and injustice.

The songs are inspired, among other things, by the unstable political situation on the divided island of Cyprus and the need for peace and reunification, as well as environmental crimes committed in the name of economic growth and profit.

Angathin’s musical language is built on the foundation of traditional Cypriot music but it also includes elements from many other genres such as rock, blues, hip-hop, punk, psychedelia, Balkan music, etc.

The rest of the top albums:

2. El Naán – La Danza de las Semillas – El Naán
3. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol – 10h10 / Cristal
4. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times – Strut
5. 3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery – Anarouz – Six Degrees
6. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
7. Samurai Accordion – Te – Visage Music
8. Djénéba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso – Lusafrica
9. TootArd – Laissez Passer – Glitterbeat
10. Okra Playground – Ääneni Yli Vesien – Nordic Notes

11. Son Palenque – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguiá – Palenque
12. Sara Tavares – Fitxadu – Sony Music Portugal
13. Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband – Es:Sensual – Otá
14. Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Sudbina: A portrait of Vida Pavlović – Vogiton
15. Femi Kuti – One People One World – Knitting Factory
16. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Obradek
17. Kora Jazz Trio – Part IV – Cristal
18. Elena Ledda – Làntias – S’ard Music
19. Park Jiha – Communion – tak:til / Glitterbeat
20. Guy One – #1 – Philophon

More about the chart: www.transglobalwmc.com

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Tawassol by Gabacho Maroc Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart Album in March 2018

Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol

Tawassol, the album released by French band Gabacho Maroc is the number one album at the Transglobal World Music Chart in March 2018. The band performs a captivating fusion of North African traditions, jazz and trance music.

Current band members include Hamid Moumen on vocals and guembri; Aziz Fayet on vocals, ud and percussion; Frédéric Faure on African percussion, ngoni and backing vocals; Illyes Ferfera on tenor saxophone and backing vocals; Pierre Cherbero on keyboards and backing vocals; Eric Oxandaburu on bass; and Vincent Thomas on drums.

The album also features Jean-Philippe Rykiel on keyboards; Pascuala Ilabaca on vocals; Ermanno Panta on flute; and Mixel Ducau on alboka and tin whistle.

The rest of the chart:

2. TootArd – Laissez Passer – Glitterbeat
3. El Naán – La Danza de las Semillas – El Naán
4. 3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery – Anarouz – Six Degrees
5. Samurai Accordion – Te – Visage Music
6. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
7. Boubacar Traoré – Dounia Tabolo – Lusafrica
8. Júlio Pereira – Praça do Comércio – Tradisom
9. Okra Playground – Ääneni Yli Vesien – Nordic Notes
10. Omar Sosa & NDR Bigband – Es:Sensual – Otá

11. Elena Ledda – Làntias – S’ard Music
12. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – A História – Uguru
13. Sara Tavares – Fitxadu – Sony Music Portugal
14. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo – Buda Musique
15. Maya Youssef – Syrian Dreams – Harmonia Mundi
16. L’Alba – A Parulluccia – L’Alba
17. Efrén López, Stelios Petrakis, Bijan Chemirani – Taos – Buda Musique
18. Sinan Cem Eroğlu & Muhlis Berberoğlu – Hemdem – Ahenk Müzik
19. Son Palenque – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguiá – Palenque
20. Toto Bona Lokua – Bondeko – Nø Førmat!

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TootArd Reaches Number 1 at the Transglobal World Music Chart

TootArd – Laissez Passer

The album Laissez Passer by Golan Heights band TootArd is the top album in February 2018 at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

TootArd is an ensemble from the occupied Golan Heights who combine fuse Eastern Mediterranean-influenced desert blues, psychedelic-rock, reggae and classical Arabic modalities. Their second album Laissez Passer, is their debut international release.

The rest of the chart:

Boubacar Traoré – Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica)
Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol (10h10 / Cristal)
3MA: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery – Anarouz (Six Degrees)
Efrén López, Stelios Petrakis, Bijan Chemirani – Taos (Buda Musique)
Júlio Pereira – Praça do Comércio (Tradisom)
Kapela Maliszów – Wiejski Dżez (Unzipped Fly)
Maya Youssef – Syrian Dreams (Harmonia Mundi)
BKO – Mali Foli Coura (Buda Musique)
WoWaKin – Kraj za Miastem (WoWaKin)
Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan (World Circuit)
Saz’iso – At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song (Glitterbeat)
Gaiteiros de Lisboa – A História (Uguru)
Son Palenque – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguiá (Palenque)
Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams (ECM)
Gili Yalo – Gili Yalo (Dead Sea)
Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage Music)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Canzoniere (Ponderosa Music)
Bao Sissoko, Mola Sylla & Wouter Vandenabeele – Tamala (Muziekpublique)
Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky (Rough Trade)

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3MA at the Top of the Transglobal World Music Chart in January 2018

3MA – Anarouz

Anarouz (Six Degrees), the latest album by 3MA, a group featuring three high profile African musicians Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery, is the number 1 album in January 2018 at the Transglobal World Music Chart. Ballaké Sissoko (Mali) is a kora maestro, Driss El Maloumi (Morocco) is an ud virtuoso and Rajery (Madagascar) is the leading valiha player in his country.

The rest of the January 2018 chart

2. Boubacar Traoré – Dounia Tabolo- Lusafrica

3. Efrén López, Stelios Petrakis, Bijan Chemirani – Taos – Buda Musique

4. Saz’iso – At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song – Glitterbeat

5. Kapela Maliszów – Wiejski Dżez – Unzipped Fly

6. BKO – Mali Foli Coura – Buda Musique

7. Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan – World Circuit

8. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Canzoniere – Ponderosa Music

9. Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams – ECM

10. Maya Youssef – Syrian Dreams – Harmonia Mundi

11. WoWaKin – Kraj za Miastem – WoWaKin

12. Saeid Shanbehzadeh – Pour-Afrigha – Buda Musique

13. Júlio Pereira – Praça do Comércio – Tradisom

14. Ross Daly & Kelly Thoma – Lunar – Labyrinth

15. Raúl Rodríguez – La Raíz Eléctrica – Fol Música

16. Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky – Rough Trade

17. TootArd – Laissez Passer – Glitterbeat

18. Jivan Gasparyan Duduk Ensemble – Yeraz – Buda Musique

19. Khalid Kouhen & Marylène Ingremeau – Sillage – Ouï-Dire / UVM

20. V.A. – Mista Savona Presents: Havana Meets Kingston – Baco Records / VP Records

For more information go to www.transglobalwmc.com

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