The Ten Best Albums of 2007

Yes, these best of lists are arbitrary, subjective, pointless… Nevertheless, here’s what we’ve slapped together for CMJ and now for you:

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba/Segu Blue (Out Here Records)

Tinariwen/Aman Iman Water Is Life (World Village)

Mayra Andrade (above)/Navega (RCA Victor Europe)

VA/Rebel Music vol 2 (Trojan)

Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective/Wátina (Cumbancha)

Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra/Boulevard de l’Independance (Nonesuch)

Céu/Céu (Six Degrees)

Sara Tavares/Balancê (Times Square Records)

Maria Rita/Samba Meu (Wea International)

VA/The Very Best Of Ethiopiques (Union Square)

Despite our tendency towards cynicism there continues to be a stream of outstanding music flowing from around the world. One does have to do a little digging sometimes. (PS: Pick # 11 could easily sit in the top ten: Concha Buika/Mi Niña Lola (DRO).) (PPS: The new Orchestra Baobab CD from World Circuit has yet to drop in the US… based on what we’ve heard, it would be a shoo-in for this year’s list.)

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5 Responses to “The Ten Best Albums of 2007”

  1. 6eme Says:

    Céu and Maria Rita…
    How did you get there?

    Ok, ok:
    WWW Age.

    I’m just surprised because I’m online too, but unfortunately
    I can’t hear World Music. I don’t know how to find… How can I do that?

    P.S.: Sorry for the bad english.

    =]

  2. 6eme Says:

    Oh, sorry!

    Céu and Marita Rita are from Brazil,
    just like me.

    =]

  3. Brad Wrolstad Says:

    obrigado – for great world music try the online radio stations listed on the homepage!

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