Klaasen’s ‘New Journey’ Is Phil’s Picks’ Most Enjoyable Musical Trip This Year

Courtesy: Justin Time Records

Courtesy: Justin Time Records

World Music is one of the most underappreciated genres of music at least among American audiences.  Odds are that’s because it is…well…World music.  In most cases, World Music albums with lyrics are sung in the native tongues of their performers and very rarely come with English translations.  That in turn leads to audiences being very turned off by albums within the genre.  However, there are those albums that provide at least some lyrics, which can be translated or at least some explanation of the songs in English.  Keeping all of this in mind, World Music is a genre that this critic feels deserves more attention and credit than it receives at least by American audiences.

This year’s crop of new World Music offerings is clear proof of the respect that the genre deserves.  New albums from the likes of Romania’s Zmei3, New York’s Los Hacheros, Haiti’s Lakou Mizik and others show World Music is here to stay, and it deserves much more respect and credit than it deserves at least among American audiences.  Having said all of this, presented today is Phil’s Picks’ list of 2016’s Top 10 New World Music Albums.  As with Phil’s Picks other lists, this list includes the year’s Top 10 New titles plus five honorable mentions, bringing its total to 15.  So presented here, everyone, is Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New World Music Albums.


2016 Top 10 New World Music Albums


1) Lorraine Klaasen – Nouvelle Journey


2) Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo


3) Zmei3 – Rough Romanian Soul


4) Miramar – Dedication to Sylvia Rexach


5) Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra – Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra


6) ChaWa – Funk ‘N’ Feathers


7) Los Hacheros – Bambulaye


8) Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate – Monistic Theory


9) Bareto – Impredecible


10) Idan Raichel – At The Edge of the Beginning


11) Baaba Maal – The Traveller


12) Tambou – Toujou Lou


13) Mighty Mystic – The Art of Balance


14) Aziza Brahim – Abbar el Hamada


15) Luisa Maita – Fioda Memoria



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