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Tinariwen’s Amadjar Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart for October 2019

The album Amadjar by Malian desert bliues band Tinariwen is the number one album for October 2019 at the Transglobal World Music Chart. Amadjar was recorded in Mauritania and features Warren Ellis, Noura Mint Seymali, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, Stephen O’Malley, Micah Nelson, Rodophe Burger and Cass McCombs.

  1. Tinariwen – Amadjar – Anti-
  2. Dona Onete – Rebujo – AmpliDiversão / Mais Um
  3. Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Music
  4. Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Fonó
  5. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  6. Habib Koité – Kharifa – Contre-Jour
  7. The Garifuna Collective – Aban – Stonetree
  8. Boban Marković Orkestar – Mrak – Fonó
  9. Mah Damba – Hakili Kélé – Buda Musique
  10. Oum – Daba – Lof Music / MDC
  11. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  12. Parno Graszt – Már Nem Szédülök / Rolling Back – Fonó
  13. Otava Yo – Do You Love – ARC Music
  14. Baba Zula – Derin Derin – Glitterbeat
  15. Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater, Vinsent Planjer – It’s Still Autumn – Kepera
  16. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party – Live at WOMAD 1985 – Real World
  17. V.A. – Just Around the Bend: Survival and Revival in Southern Banjo Sounds – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  18. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith – Songs from the Bardo – Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  19. Janusz Prusinowski Kompania – Po Śladach / In the Footsteps – Słuchaj Uchem / Buda Musique
  20. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – There Is No Other – Nonesuch
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Brazil’s Dona Onete Tops the September 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart

The album Rebujo by Amazon-based Brazilian artist Dona Onete has reached the number 1 position in September 2019 at the Transglobal World Music Chart. More about Dona Onete.

Dona Onete – Rebujo

The September 2019 Chart

  1. Dona Onete – Rebujo – AmpliDiversão / Mais Um
  2. Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Music
  3. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  4. Boban Marković Orkestar – Mrak – Fonó
  5. Angelique Kidjo – Celia – Verve / Universal Music France
  6. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  7. Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna – Clermont Music
  8. Africa Express – Egoli – Africa Express
  9. Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Fonó
  10. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  11. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um
  12. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  13. Tuuletar – Rajatila / Borderline – Bafe’s Factory
  14. Janusz Prusinowski Kompania – Po Śladach / In the Footsteps – Słuchaj Uchem / Buda Musique
  15. Santana – Africa Speaks – Concord
  16. Parno Graszt – Már Nem Szédülök / Rolling Back – Fonó
  17. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi – There Is No Other – Nonesuch
  18. Yolla Khalife – On the Road – Nagam
  19. Oum – Daba – Lof Music / MDC
  20. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted

More about the chart: www.transglobalwmc.com

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Angelique Kidjo’s Celia Tops the August 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart

The album Celia, Angelique Kidjo’s tribute to Afro-Cuban singer Celia Cruz is the number one album in August 2019 on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angelique Kidjo – Celia

August 2019 Chart

  1. Angelique Kidjo – Celia – Verve / Universal Music France
  2. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  3. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um
  4. Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Music
  5. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  6. Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna – Clermont Music
  7. Boban Marković Orkestar – Mrak – Fonó
  8. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  9. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  10. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  11. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá – De Palenque à Matongé – Zephyrus
  12. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  13. Park Jiha – Philos – Tak:til / Glitterbeat
  14. Yolla Khalife – On the Road – Nagam
  15. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  16. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiário – Uguru
  17. Dona Onete – Rebujo – AmpliDiversão / Mais Um
  18. Kaumaakonga – Taoba – Wantok Musik
  19. Tuuletar – Rajatila / Borderline – Bafe’s Factory
  20. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World

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AKA Trio Tops the July 2019 Transglobal World MusiC Chart

The album Joy y by AKA Trio is the number one recording in July at the Transglobal World Music Chart. AKA Trio is a collaboration between guitar virtuoso Antonio Forcione (Italy), kora master Seckou Keita (Senegal) and skilled percussionist Adriano Adewale.

AKA Trio – Joy

The complete list:

  1. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  2. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um
  3. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  4. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  5. Angelique Kidjo – Celia – Verve / Universal Music France
  6. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  7. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  8. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World
  9. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiário – Uguru
  10. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá – De Palenque à Matongé – Zephyrus
  11. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  12. Vassvik – Gákti – Heilo / Grappa Musikkforlag
  13. Mísia – Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) – Galileo Music Communication
  14. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  15. Söndörgő – Nyolc 8 Nyolc – SNDRG Music
  16. Park Jiha – Philos – Tak:til / Glitterbeat
  17. Oumar Konate – I Love You Inna – Clermont Music
  18. Yapunto – Yapunto – Yapunto
  19. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  20. Black Flower – Future Flora – Sdban Ultra

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Echoes Of Japan by Minyo Crusaders Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart

Echoes of Japan” by Japanese ensemble Minyo Crusaders is the number 1 album in the June edition of the Transglobal World Music Chart. Minyo Crusaders, led by guitarist Katsumi Tanaka, has recreated historic Japanese folk songs (min’yō) by adding Latin American, African, Caribbean and Asian rhythms. “Echoes of Japan” (Mais Um) is their debut album.

Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan

The June 2019 list:

  1. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um Discos
  2. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  3. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  4. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  5. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  6. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  7. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  8. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  9. Waed Bouhassoun – Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées – Buda Musique
  10. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World
  11. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  12. Ifriqiyya Électrique – Laylet el Booree – Glitterbeat
  13. Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda
  14. Le Vent du Nord – Territoires – Borealis
  15. Zulya – Six Days Loving / Alty Tön Yaratu – Zulya Kamalova
  16. Dobranotch – Merčedes Kolo – CPL-Music
  17. Söndörgő – Nyolc 8 Nyolc – SNDRG Music
  18. Gaiteiros de Lisboa – Bestiário – Uguru
  19. Our Native Daughters – Songs of Our Native Daughters – Smithsonian Folkways
  20. Black Flower – Future Flora – Sdban Ultra

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Amina by Refugees for Refugees Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in May 2019

Amina, the second album by the Belgium-based world music collective Refugees for Refugees is the number one album in the May 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart.

Refugees for Refugees – Amina

The Refugees for Refugees ensemble includes acclaimed musicians from Syria, Tibet, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Belgium. After the debut album ’Amerli’ in 2016, 10 of the musicians that took part in the recordings formed a band under the artistic direction of Tristan Driessens.

The line includes Asad Qizilbash (Pakistan) on sarod; Aren Dolma (Tibet) on vocals; Fakher Madallal (Syria) on vocals and percussion; Kelsang Hula (Tibet) on dramyen and vocals; Mohammad Aman Yusufi (Afghanistan) on dambura, vocals; Simon Leleux (Belgium) on percussion; Souhad Najem (Iraq) on qanun; Tammam Al Ramadan (Syria) on ney; Tareq Alsayed Yahya (Syria) on ud; Tristan Driessens (Belgium) on ud.

The complete May 2019 list:

  1. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  2. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  3. Waed Bouhassoun – Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées – Buda Musique
  4. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  5. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  6. Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um
  7. The Gloaming – 3 – Real World
  8. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  9. AKA Trio – Joy – Bendigedig
  10. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere – Glitterbeat
  11. Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues – Jazz Village / PIAS
  12. Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl
  13. Ifriqiyya Électrique – Laylet el Booree – Glitterbeat
  14. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke – Ser – Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  15. Oratnitza – Alter Ethno – Fusion Embassy
  16. Söndörgő – Nyolc 8 Nyolc – SNDRG Music
  17. Kanazoé Orkestra – Tolonso – Buda Musique
  18. Adir Jan – Leyla – Trikont / BGST
  19. Altın Gün – Gece – Glitterbeat
  20. Coşkun Karademir Quartet – Öz / Essence – Kalan
  21. Olcay Bayır – Rüya: Dream for Anatolia – ARC Music
  22. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa – Poetic Trance – PIAS
  23. Xiomara Fortuna – Son Verdad – Ileakwa Producciones
  24. Our Native Daughters – Songs of Our Native Daughters – Smithsonian Folkways
  25. Dobranotch – Merčedes Kolo – CPL-Music
  26. Tartit – Amankor / The Exile – Riverboat / World Music Network
  27. Mary Ann Kennedy – Glaschu: Hometown Love Song – ARC Music
  28. Hama Sankare – Niafunke – Clermont Music
  29. Le Vent du Nord – Territoires – Borealis
  30. Rachele Andrioli & Rocco Nigro – Maletiempu – Dodicilune
  31. Lau – Midnight and Closedown – Reveal
  32. Rodopi Ensemble – Thraki: Thrace, the Paths of Dionysus – ARC Music
  33. Equus – Tailwind Home – Equus
  34. Áššu – Áššu – Bafe’s Factory
  35. Black Flower – Future Flora – Sdban Ultra
  36. Umut Adan – Bahar – Riverboat / World Music Network
  37. Rupa & the April Fishes – Growing Upward – Electric Gumbo Radio Music
  38. Yann-Fañch Kemener – Roudennoù / Traces – Buda Musique
  39. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez – Duologue – Mack Avenue
  40. Dhafer Youssef – Sounds of Mirrors – Anteprima

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Collaboration Between Kronos Quartet and Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart

Placeless, the album featuring renowned American string ensemble Kronos Quartet and acclaimed Iranian singers Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat is the number one album in April 2019 on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless

This recording is a milestone for us,” says Mahsa Vahdat. “The wonderful musicians in Kronos Quartet have given our music new dimensions. Our lives are constantly changing in relation to time and place. Our home and where we belong – this is all over the globe. By performing poems from Persia’s classical era, we have been coming closer and closer to finding an organic connection between what we express in our art and the way we live.”

The April 2019 Chart

  1. Kronos Quartet and Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  2. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  3. Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl
  4. Waed Bouhassoun – Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées – Buda Musique
  5. Tartit – Amankor / The Exile – Riverboat / World Music Network
  6. Refugees for Refugees – Amina – Muziekpublique
  7. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere – Glitterbeat
  8. Belonoga – Through the Eyes of the Earth – NarRator Records
  9. Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues – Jazz Village / PIAS
  10. Dhafer Youssef – Sounds of Mirrors – Anteprima
  11. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke – Ser – Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  12. Oratnitza – Alter Ethno – Fusion Embassy
  13. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin – Karin – Muziekpublique
  14. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard – Awakening – Buda Musique
  15. Olcay Bayır – Rüya: Dream for Anatolia – ARC Music
  16. Las Hermanas Caronni – Santa Plástica – Les Grands Fleuves
  17. Salif Keita – Un Autre Blanc – Naïve
  18. Xiomara Fortuna – Son Verdad – Ileakwa Producciones
  19. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez – Duologue – Mack Avenue
  20. Adir Jan – Layla – Trikont / BGST
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Le Trio Joubran Tops the March 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart

The Long March by Le Trio Joubran is the number one album in the March 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart. Le Trio Joubran features three Palestinian brothers who are ud masters: Samir, Wissam and Adnan.

The March 2019 Chart

  1. Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl
  2. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  3. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke – Ser – Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  4. Dhafer Youssef – Sounds of Mirrors – Anteprima
  5. Belonoga – Through the Eyes of the Earth – NarRator Records
  6. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin – Karin – Muziekpublique
  7. Ukandanz – Yeketelale – Buda Musique
  8. Tartit – Amankor / The Exile – Riverboat / World Music Network
  9. Salif Keita – Un Autre Blanc – Naïve
  10. Rodopi Ensemble – Thraki: Thrace, the Paths of Dionysus – ARC Music
  11. Kel Assouf – Black Tenere – Glitterbeat
  12. Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues – Jazz Village / PIAS
  13. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez – Duologue – Mack Avenue
  14. Oratnitza – Alter Ethno – Fusion Embassy
  15. Kitka – Evening Star – Diaphonica
  16. Debashish Bhattacharya, Hubert Zemler & Wojtek Traczyk – Joy!Guru – Unzipped Fly
  17. Kelly Thoma – Ama Kopasoun oi Kairoi (As the Winds Die Down) – Kelly Thoma
  18. Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane – Ma Case
  19. Ali Hassan Kuban – From Nubia to Cairo – Piranha
  20. Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora – Written in Water – Shoogle

More about the chart: www.transglobalwmc.com

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Miri by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Number One on the Transglobal World Music Chart


Miri (Outhere Records), the new album by Malian sensation Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba is the number one album in February 2019 on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri

The February chart:

  1. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere
  2. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin – Karin – Muziekpublique
  3. Dhafer Youssef – Sounds of Mirrors – Anteprima
  4. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke – Ser – Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  5. Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl
  6. Salif Keita – Un Autre Blanc – Naïve
  7. Ukandanz – Yeketelale – Buda Musique
  8. Belonoga – Through the Eyes of the Earth – NarRator Records
  9. Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane – Ma Case
  10. Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir – Glitterbeat
  11. Debashish Bhattacharya, Hubert Zemler & Wojtek Traczyk – Joy!Guru – Unzipped Fly
  12. Afro Celt Sound System – Flight – ECC
  13. Tartit – Amankor / The Exile – Riverboat / World Music Network
  14. Ali Hassan Kuban – From Nubia to Cairo – Piranha
  15. Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora – Written in Water – Shoogle
  16. Rodopi Ensemble – Thraki: Thrace, the Paths of Dionysus – ARC Music
  17. Janusz Prusinowski Kompania – Po Śladach / In the Footsteps – Słuchaj Uchem / Buda Musique
  18. Kelly Thoma – Ama Kopasoun oi Kairoi (As the Winds Die Down) – Kelly Thoma
  19. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez – Duologue – Mack Avenue
  20. Oratnitza – Alter Ethno – Fusion Embassy
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Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin at the Top of the January 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart


Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültek – Karin

The album Karin (Muziekpublique) by duduk player Vardan Hovanissian (Armenia) and saz virtuoso Emre Gültek (Belgium, with roots in Turkey) is the number one recording in January 2019 on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

“Karin” is the ancient Armenian name for the town of Erzurum, situated in what is now Turkey. It is the birthplace of Vardan Hovanissian’s grandfather, who was one of 200 survivors following the deportation of around 40,000 residents during the Armenian genocide. The recording is a tribute to the cosmopolitan period in Karin, which was a crossroads for the different cultures that existed along the Silk Road.

The top 10:

  1. Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültek – Karin – Muziekpublique
  2. Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir – Glitterbeat
  3. Afro Celt Sound System – Flight – ECC
  4. Dhafer Youssef – Sounds of Mirrors – Anteprima
  5. SANS – Kulku – Cloud Valley
  6. Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane – Ma Case
  7. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke – Ser – Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  8. Ukandanz – Yeketelale – Buda Musique
  9. Vigüela – A Tiempo Real – ARC Music
  10. Bixiga 70 – Quebra-Cabeça – Glitterbeat
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