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The Transglobal World Music Chart Unveils the Best World Music Albums of 2019

The Transglobal World Music Chart has revealed the list of Best World Music Albums of 2019. Malian musician. Malian act Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba tops the list with the album Miri.

Best Album Of 2019

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere Records

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba – Miri

Best Of Subsaharan Africa 2019

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri – Outhere Records

Best Of North Africa & Middle East 2019

Le Trio Joubran – The Long March – Cooking Vinyl

Le Trio Joubran – The Long March

Best Transregional Album 2019

Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless – Kirkelig Kulturverksted

Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat – Placeless

Best Of Asia (Central & East) & Pacific 2019

Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan – Mais Um Records

Minyo Crusaders – Echoes of Japan

Best Of Europe 2019

Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía – Mara Aranda

Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía

Best Of South America 2019

Cimarrón – Orinoco – Cimarrón Music

Cimarrón – Orinoco

Best Of North & Central America 2019

Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues – Jazz Village / PIAS

Leyla McCalla – The Capitalist Blues

Best Compilation 2019

Various Artists – Nostalgique Porto Rico: Plenas, guarachas, boleros et chansons jíbaras, 1940-1960 – Buda Musique

Various Artists – Nostalgique Porto Rico: Plenas, guarachas, boleros et chansons jíbaras, 1940-1960

TWMC 2019 Top 100

  1. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba · Miri · Outhere
  2. Kronos Quartet, Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat · Placeless · Kirkelig Kulturverksted
  3. Refugees for Refugees · Amina · Muziekpublique
  4. Minyo Crusaders · Echoes of Japan · Mais Um
  5. Mara Aranda · Sefarad en el Corazón de Turquía · Mara Aranda
  6. Le Trio Joubran · The Long March · Cooking Vinyl
  7. Urna Chahar-Tugchi featuring Kroke · Ser · Urna Chahar-Tugchi / UCT
  8. AKA Trio · Joy · Bendigedig
  9. Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin · Karin · Muziekpublique
  10. Dhafer Youssef · Sounds of Mirrors · Anteprima
  11. Angelique Kidjo · Celia · Verve / Universal Music France
  12. Cimarrón · Orinoco · Cimarrón Music
  13. Oratnitza · Alter Ethno · Fusion Embassy
  14. The Gloaming · 3 · Real World
  15. Janusz Prusinowski Kompania · Po śladach / In the footsteps · Słuchaj Uchem / Buda Musique
  16. Salif Keita · Un Autre Blanc · Naïve
  17. Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard · Awakening · Buda Musique
  18. Altın Gün · Gece · Glitterbeat
  19. Tartit · Amankor / The Exile · Riverboat / World Music Network
  20. Kel Assouf · Black Tenere · Glitterbeat
  21. Rodopi Ensemble · Thraki: Thrace, the Paths of Dionysus · ARC Music
  22. Dona Onete · Rebujo · AmpliDiversão / Mais Um
  23. Waed Bouhassoun · Safar: Les Âmes Retrouvées · Buda Musique
  24. Belonoga · Through the Eyes of the Earth · NarRator
  25. Ukandanz · Yeketelale · Buda Musique
  26. Leyla McCalla · The Capitalist Blues · Jazz Village / PIAS
  27. Las Hermanas Caronni · Santa Plástica · Les Grands Fleuves
  28. Mísia · Pura Vida (Banda Sonora) · Galileo Music Communication
  29. Söndörgö · Nyolc 8 Nyolc · SNDRG Music
  30. Our Native Daughters · Songs of Our Native Daughters · Smithsonian Folkways
  31. Afro Celt Sound System · Flight · ECC
  32. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa · Poetic Trance · PIAS
  33. Oumar Konate · I Love You Inna · Clermont
  34. Boban Marković Orkestar · Mrak · Fonó
  35. Moonlight Benjamin · Siltane · Ma Case
  36. Gaye Su Akyol · İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir · Glitterbeat
  37. Black Flower · Future Flora · Sdban Ultra
  38. Dizzy Mandjeku & Alé Kumá · De Palenque à Matongé · Zephyrus
  39. Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martínez · Duologue · Mack Avenue
  40. Lajkó Félix & Vołosi · Lajkó Félix & Vołosi · Fonó
  41. Debashish Bhattacharya, Hubert Zemler & Wojtek Traczyk · Joy!Guru · Unzipped Fly
  42. Kanazoé Orkestra · Tolonso · Buda Musique
  43. Gaiteiros de Lisboa · Bestiário · Uguru
  44. Park Jiha · Philos · Tak:Til / Glitterbeat
  45. Dobranotch · Merčedes Kolo · CPL-Music
  46. Shooglenifty & Dhun Dhora · Written in Water · Shoogle
  47. Ali Hassan Kuban · From Nubia to Cairo · Piranha
  48. Hama Sankare · Niafunke · Clermont Music
  49. Xiomara Fortuna · Son Verdad · Ileakwa Producciones
  50. Ifriqiyya Électrique · Laylat el Booree · Glitterbeat
  51. Manou Gallo · Afro Groove Queen · Contre-Jour
  52. Tuuletar · Rajatila / Borderline · Bafe’s Factory
  53. Bokanté + Metropole Orkest · What Heat · Real World
  54. Zulya · Six Days Loving / Alty Tön Yaratu · Zulya Kamalova
  55. Africa Express · Egoli · Africa Express
  56. Olcay Bayır · Rüya: Dream for Anatolia · ARC Music
  57. SANS · Kulku · Cloud Valley
  58. Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi · There Is No Other · Nonesuch
  59. Damily · Valimbilo · Les Disques Bongo Joe
  60. Equus · Tailwind Home · Equus
  61. Coşkun Karademir Quartet · Öz / Essence · Kalan
  62. Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan · Times of Maharajas · ARC Music
  63. Kitka · Evening Star · Diaphonica
  64. Yapunto · Yapunto · Yapunto
  65. Santana · Africa Speaks · Concord
  66. Kelly Thoma · Ama Kopasoun oi Kairoi (As the Winds Die Down) · Kelly Thoma
  67. Adir Jan · Layla · Trikont / BGST
  68. The Garifuna Collective · Aban · Stonetree
  69. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko · Traversées · Ma Case
  70. Le Vent du Nord · Territoires · Borealis
  71. Vigüela · A Tiempo Real · ARC Music
  72. Idan Raichel · And if You Will Come to Me · Cumbancha
  73. Tinariwen · Amadjar · Anti- / Wedge / PIAS
  74. Danças Ocultas · Dentro desse Mar · Danças Ocultas
  75. Áššu · Áššu · Bafe’s Factory
  76. V.A. · Nostalgique Porto Rico: Plenas, guarachas, boléros et chansons jíbaras, 1940-1960 · Buda Musique
  77. Yolla Khalife · On the Road · Nagam
  78. Yann Fañch Kemener · Roudennoù / Traces · Buda Musique
  79. Voces del Bullerengue · Anónimas & Resilientes · Chaco World Music
  80. Oum · Daba · Lof Music / MDC
  81. Rachele Andrioli e Rocco Nigro · Maletiempu · Dodicilune
  82. Arifa · Secret Poetry · Mundus Productions
  83. Umut Adan · Bahar · Riverboat / World Music Network
  84. Mimmo Epifani · Putiferio · Finisterre
  85. Vassvik · Gákti · Heilo / Grappa Musikkforlag
  86. Moulay Ahmed El Hassani · Atlas Electric · Hive Mind
  87. Abdesselam Damoussi and Nour Eddine · Jedba: Spiritual Music from Morocco · ARC Music
  88. Parno Graszt · Már Nem Szédülök / Rolling Back · Fonó
  89. Massa Dembele · Alumaye · Izniz
  90. Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater, Vinsent Planjer · It’s Still Autumn · Kepera
  91. Amira Kheir · Mystic Dance · Sterns Music
  92. Tautumeitas · Tautumeitas · CPL-Music
  93. Lemma · Lemma · Buda Musique
  94. Hope Masike · The Exorcism of a Spinster · Riverboat / World Music Network
  95. Tristan Driessens · A Folk Dancer’s Journey · Seyir Muzik
  96. Mary Ann Kennedy · Glaschu: Hometown Love Song · ARC Music
  97. Duo Bottasso & Simon Sims Longo · Biserta e Altre Storie · Visage Music
  98. Kaumaakonga · Taoba · Wantok Music
  99. Bixiga 70 · Quebra Cabeça · Glitterbeat
  100. Kongo Dia Ntotila · 360° · Pussyfoot
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Big Statements and African Diaspora Roots Sounds from Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla – Capitalist Blues

Leyla McCalla – Capitalist Blues (PIAS, 2019)

Capitalist Blues is the third album by former Carolina Chocolate Drops cellist and singer-songwriter, Leyla McCalla. On Capitalist Blues, Leyla incorporates a wide range of influences that reflect her Haitian heritage, the music of the Afro-diaspora and her current home in New Orleans, which is one the essential musical melting pots of the United States.

Leyla sings in English and in Haitian Kreyol and collaborated with local artists and acclaimed Haitian ensemble Lakou Mizik, who participated in the album while they were staying in New Orleans to perform at the Jazz and Heritage Festival. In addition to African-American and Haitian music, Leyla also added Brazilian rhythms and Cajun music to Capitalist Blues.

Capitalist Blues illustrates Leyla’s ideas and sentiments about the current world events, including violence in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war; capitalism; lead poisoning in water that has affected many minority communities, especially in Flint, Michigan; the divisiveness of Donald Trump; and the protests in New Orleans over the dismantling of Confederate monuments.

For this album, Leyla McCalla decided to use the guitar and banjo instead of her familiar cello.

Capitalist Blues s is a finely-crafted example of the essence of New Orleans roots music and songwriting with a social conscience.

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Boubacar Traoré Meets the South

Boubacar Traoré – Dounia Tabolo

Boubacar Traoré – Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica, 2017)

The master of Malian blues Boubacar Traoré connects with three leading African-American blues and roots music musicians, Cedric Watson, Corey Harris and Leyla McCalla, on Dounia Tabolo. He’s also joined by talented French harmonica player Vincent Bucher who sounds more American than French, and percussionist Alassane Samaké.

The final result is a remarkable recording where the sounds of Mali and the music of the southern United States get together, delivering a superb cross-cultural album.

The lineup on the album includes Boubacar Traoré on lead vocals and guitar; Vincent Bucher on harmonica; Alassane Samaké on calabash, shaker and percussion. Guests: Cedric Watson on fiddle and washboard; Corey Harris on guitar and vocals; and Leyla McCalla on cello and vocals.

 

 

Dounia Tabolo is a wonderful mix of Malian rhythms and melodies with the sounds of the Mississippi Delta along with the unexpected sound of Leyla McCalla’s beautiful cello.

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WOMEX 2017 Reveals First Batch of World Music Showcases

World Music Expo WOMEX has announced the first set of artists scheduled to perform at the 2017 conference. WOMEX 2017 will take place October 25 – 29 in Katowice, Poland.

The 18 artists revealed represent 23 different countries. They are scheduled to perform in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 concert promoters, festival programmers, booking agents, international media and other professional delegates as well as the Polish music public.

Official Selection

Alireza Ghorbani (Iran)
Black Flower (Belgium)
Dakh Daughters (Ukraine)
Dimitris Mystakidis (Greece)
Elkin Robinson (Colombia)
Gato Preto (Mozambique/Ghana/ Senegal/Germany)
Ifriqiyya Electrique (Tunisia/France)
La Dame Blanche (Cuba/France)
Leyla McCalla (Haiti/USA)
MAZ (Canada)
Night (Nepal)
Park Jiha (South Korea)
Qwanqwa (Ethiopia)
Talisk (UK)
Vasilis Kostas & Layth Sidiq Duo (Greece/Jordan/USA)
Waldemar Bastos (Angola/Portugal)

DJ Summit

Barda (Argentina)
Ibaaku (Senegal)

headline photo: Elkin Robinson – Photo by Fela Photography

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Mundial Montreal & Drom to Present Showcase Today


Mundial Montreal & Drom will present several free world music showcases today, Friday, January 6 at the Drom club in New York City.

The selection includes

7:00 p.m.
Roopa Panesar
(London, UK)
British-Indian sitar master

7:45 p.m.
Kiran Ahluwalia
(Toronto, Canada)
Contemporary Indian with Saharan desert blues

8:30 p.m.
Briga
(Montreal, Canada)
A mix of Balkan and Quebecois music

9:15 p.m.
Leyla McCalla
(New Orleans, USA)
A rising star in the American roots music movement, Leyla will deliver American folk, jazz, Cajun and Haitian music.

10:00 p.m.
Betty Bonifasi
(Montreal, Canada)
Tribute to prison songs collected by Alan Lomax.

10:45 p.m.
Banda Magda
(NY, USA)
Jazz, world music, Latibn American and more by this ensemble led by Greek-artist Magda Giannikou.

10:45 p.m.
Vox Sambou
(Montreal, Canada)
Traditional Haitian rhythms fused with reggae & hip hop
11:30 p.m.

Orkesta Mendoza
12:30 a.m.
Mexican-style cumbia, mambo and rancheras plus psychedelia from the American southwest.

DROM
85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009
Phone: (212) 777-1157

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Superb World Music and Roots Programming at Savannah Music Festival 2017

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

The Savannah Music Festival 2017 will present an impressive set of world music and American roots sounds. The festival will take place from March 23 to April 8, 2017.

The lineup includes acclaimed Québécois traditional ensembles Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan; Canary Island timple (a small Spanish guitar) maestro Germán López; Dom Flemons; Foghorn Stringband; Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms; cellist and vocalist Leyla McCalla; Haitian vodou drum and dance ensemble Chouk Bwa Libète; dobro maestro Jerry Douglas with celebrated bluegrass band the Earls of Leicester; Molsky’s Mountain Drifters; Irish accordionist Máirtín O’Connor; Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie; Holt & Coleman; banjo player Noam Pikelny; Sufi singer Sanam Marvi; 80-year-old virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal; mandolinist Danilo Brito’s choro quintet; Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall; and admired Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha with an original score for the 1930 Dovzhenko silent film, Earth.

Tickets to the 2017 festival are available online at savannahmusicfestival.org, by phone at 912-525-5050 and in person at 216 E. Broughton Street in Savannah.

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