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Saharawi Artist Aziza Brahim Tops the December 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart

The album Sahari by Saharawi vocalist Aziza Brahim is the top album in the December 2019 Transglobal World Music Chart. Aziza worked with the renowned Spanish world music artist Amparo Sánchez of the band Amparanoia on the album’s pre-production, and the focus of Sahari’s sound, although rooted in Saharawi tradition, is broader, with programming and keyboards a vital part of the new style.

Aziza Brahim – Sahari

Aziza grew up in a refugee camp in the Algerian desert, together with thousands of other Saharawi who were removed from their homes in the Western Sahara. She currently lives in Spain.

  1. Aziza Brahim – Sahari – Glitterbeat
  2. Lakou Mizik – HaitiaNola – Cumbancha
  3. Asmâa Hamzaoui & Bnat Timbouktou – Oulad Lghaba – Ajabu!
  4. Tinariwen – Amadjar – Anti- / Wedge / PIAS
  5. The Garifuna Collective – Aban – Stonetree
  6. Ballaké Sissoko & Baba Sissoko – Sissoko & Sissoko – Homerecords.be
  7. Laurie Anderson, Tenzin Choegyal, Jesse Paris Smith – Songs from the Bardo – Smithsonian Folkways
  8. Petroloukas Halkias & Vasilis Kostas – The Soul of Epirus – Artway-Technotropon
  9. Habib Koité – Kharifa – Contre-Jour
  10. Kayhan Kalhor, Rembrandt Frerichs, Tony Overwater, Vinsent Planjer – It’s Still Autumn – Kepera
  11. Otava Yo – Do You Love – ARC Music
  12. Mah Damba – Hakili Kélé – Buda Musique
  13. Rachid Taha – Je Suis Africain – Naïve
  14. The Yandong Grand Singers – Everyone Listen Close / Wanp-Wanp Jangl Kap – Pan
  15. Acid Arab – Jdid – Crammed Discs
  16. Lamia Bèdioui & Solis Barki – Fin’Amor- LBedioui Music Production
  17. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party – Live at WOMAD 1985 – Real World
  18. The Good Ones – Rwanda, You Should Be Loved – Anti
  19. Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Lajkó Félix & Vołosi – Fonó
  20. Blato Zlato – In the Wake – Blato Zlato

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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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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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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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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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Flight by Afro Celt Sound System Tops the December 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart

Flight by Afro Celt Sound System is the number one album in December 2018 at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

The current Afro Celt Sound System lineup includes founder Simon Emmerson along with vocalist, kora and balafon player N’faly Kouyaté and Dhol Foundation drummer Johnny Kalsi.

Flight highlights migration, with a particular focus on refugees. Three other large collectives are featured on the album: the Amani Choir whose music director Emmanuela Yogolelo arrived to England from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has a refugee background; Stone Flowers, the band supported by Music Action International, a charity that helps transform lives affected by war, torture and armed conflict through music and song; and the Johannesburg-based African Gospel Singers.

The rest of the list:

2. SANS – Kulku – Cloud Valley
3. Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir – Glitterbeat
4. Bixiga 70 – Quebra-Cabeça – Glitterbeat
5. Damily – Valimbilo – Les Disques Bongo Joe
6. Vigüela – A Tiempo Real – ARC Music
7. Doctor Nativo – Guatemaya – Stonetree
8. Bokanté + Metropole Orkest – What Heat – Real World
9. Dur-Dur Band – Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks – Analog Africa
10. Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane – Ma Case

11. Danças Ocultas – Dentro desse Mar – Danças Ocultas
12. Lemma – Lemma – Buda Musique
13. Minyeshu – Daa Dee – ARC Music
14. Sofiane Saidi & Mazalda – El Ndjoum – Airfono
15. Small Island Big Song – Small Island Big Song – Small Island Big Song
16. Dawda Jobarteh – I Met Her by the River – Sterns Music
17. Tautumeitas – Tautumeitas – CPL-Music
18. Cimbalom Brothers – Testvériség / Brotherhood – Fonó Budai Zeneház
19. Stella Chiweshe – Kasahwa: Early Singles – Glitterbeat
20. Catarina dos Santos – Rádio Kriola – ARC Music

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Sans Tops the September 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart

Kulku, the album by Sans, a collaboration between Finnish and British musicians, is the number 1 album this month on the Transglobal World Music Chart.

2. Vigüela – A Tiempo Real – ARC Music
3. Bixiga 70 – Quebra Cabeça – Glitterbeat
4. Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir – Glitterbeat
5. Bokanté + Metropole Orkest – What Heat – Real World
6. Minyeshu – Daa Dee – ARC Music
7. Damily – Valimbilo – Les Disques Bongo Joe
8. Baul Meets Saz – Namaz – Seyir Muzik
9. Dur-Dur Band – Dur-Dur of Somalia: Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks – Analog Africa
10. Doctor Nativo – Guatemaya – Stonetree

11. Afro Celt Sound System – Flight – ECC Records
12. Ammar 808 – Maghreb United – Glitterbeat
13. Cimbalom Brothers – Testvériség / Brotherhood – Fonó Budai Zeneház
14. Grupo Mono Blanco – ¡Fandango! Sones Jarochos de Veracruz – Smithsonian Folkways
15. Lemma – Lemma – Buda Musique
16. Stella Chiweshe – Kasahwa: Early Singles – Glitterbeat
17. Dawda Jobarteh – I Met Her by the River – Sterns Music
18. Tautumeitas – Tautumeitas – CPL-Music
19. Moonlight Benjamin – Siltane – Ma Case
20. Danças Ocultas – Dentro desse Mar – Danças Ocultas

More about the chart: www.transglobalwmc.com

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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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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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