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World Music Central Announces the Best World Music Albums of 2017

We announce the list of best world music albums of 2017. The selection was made by a panel of editors and contributors from World Music Central and its affiliate Spanish-language world music magazine Músicas del Mundo.

The list includes 11 albums because 5 recordings were tied for 7th place.

Top World Music Albums in 2017

 

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan

1. Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan (World Circuit Records) – USA/Mali

 

Raúl Rodríguez – La Raíz Eléctrica

2. Raúl Rodriguez – La Raíz (Boa Musica Editorial) – Spain

 

Magín Díaz – El Orisha de la Rosa

3. Magín Díaz – El Orisha de la Rosa (Noname) – Colombia

 

Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita – Transparent Water

4. Omar Sosa and Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Otá Records) – Cuba/Senegal

 

Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía

5. Daymé Arocena – Cubafonía (Brownswood Recordings) – Cuba

 

Rahim Alhaj – Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet

6. Rahim Alhaj – Letters from Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways) – Iraq/USA

 

Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat

7. Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat (Crammed Discs) – Lebanon

 

Msafiri Zawose – Uhamiaji

7. Msafiri Zawose – Uhamiaji (Soundway Records) – Tanzania

 

The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2

7. The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2 (Easy Star Records) – USA

 

Omar Faruk Tekbilek – Love Is My Religion

7. Omar Faruk Tekbilek – Love is my Religion (Alif Records) – Turkey

 

Jean-Luc Thomas & Ravichandra Kulur – Magic Flutes

 

7. Jean-Luc Thomas & Ravichandra Kulur – Magic Flutes (Hirustica) France/India

Our list reflects the diversity of the world music scene and our panelists. Our writers are based in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia,” says World Music Central’s Managing Director Angel Romero.

World Music Central is an international online publication with readers worldwide that includes news, reviews, artist biographies, glossaries and other resources. Genres featured include traditional and contemporary folk music, world fusion, global electronica, flamenco, tango, bluegrass, salsa, reggae and any other genre rooted in traditional music.

World Music Central’s 2017 panel includes Daryana Antipova, Tom Orr, Rafael Mieses, Madanmohan Rao, Dorothy Johnson-Laird and Angel Romero Ruiz.

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