Red Baraat, Putumayo, More Show What Makes World Music Great In 2015

World Music is one of the most intriguing of all of the genres within the vastness of the musical universe.  That it largely because in a universe in which it is so easy to compare one act to another and so on from one genre to the next, world music doesn’t fall victim to that curse.  Whether from the many different nations of Africa, Latin America, Europe or even India, it can be said of World Music’s seemingly endless offerings that every album stands out in its own special way.  It introduces listeners not only to a variety of different musical styles but also serves as a starting point for lessons on cultural relativity, history and other related topics.  Keeping all of this in mind, it is only right that while mainstream and independent albums get their own “Best Of” lists so should the many world music offerings that are put out each year.  So of course that means that today Phil’s Picks is delving into the realm of World Music for today’s list.  Today’s list is topped by a group from India that goes by the name of Red Baraat.  Its album Gaadi of Truth mixes the band’s own Indian musical traditions with a Latin sound at points (believe it or not) to make an album that will have audiences listening again and again.  It’s just one of the intriguing offerings released this year.  Putumayo’s new Celtic collection Celtic Cafe is on this list as is African act Mbongwana Star with its new album From Kinshasa.  These are just a few of the names that are on today’s list.  The rest of the acts and albums to make the Phil’s Picks list of 2015’s Best New World Music Albums is noted below.


1. Red Baraat — Gaadi of Truth

2.  Black Masala — I Love You Madly

3. Putumayo Presents — Celtic Cafe

4. Putumayo Presents — Vintage Latino

5. Mbongwana Star — From Kinshasa

6. Nneka — My Fairytales

7. Holy Forest — Holy Forest

8. Souljazz Orchestra — Resistance

9. Daby Toure — Amonafi

10. Empresarios — The Vibe

11. Boogat — Neo-Reconquista

12. Bixiga 70 — III

13. Mike Love — Love Will Find A Way

14.  Francesca Blanchard — Deux Visions

15. Kimie Miner — Kimie Miner

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