International Collective’s Joint Album Tops Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New World Music Albums List

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World Music, it seems, is one of the most under appreciated genres in the vast universe of music.  That at least seems to be the case among American audiences.  Hopefully this critic is wrong in that interpretation.  Yet, when one looks at the fact that most World Music is relegated to public radio stations instead of having any major mainstream presence, one can’t help but think that it is not one of the most commercially accepted genres.  Ironically, those who give World Music a chance will find that it is in fact quite the interesting realm, as has been proven again by this year’s new field of World Music offerings.

This year has seen a wide array of interesting new World Music albums.  From South America to Africa to the Middle East and even to Spain, the World Music Realm has produced albums from around the globe that deserve at least one listen if not more.  Topping this year’s list of the best new World Music offerings is Ladilikan, the most recent recording from Mali-based Trio Da Kali.  Joining the group on the new album is the famed American string group Kronos Quartet.  The arrangements created by this collective are works that simply must be heard to be fully appreciated.  Also included in this year’s list are new compilations from Putumayo World Music featuring Italian and Cuban selections alongside Argentinian artist Fer Isella’s new album The Art of the Possible among others.

As with every one of this critic’s previous lists, this collection features this critic’s Top 10 Best New Albums in their category, with five additional honorable mention titles.  That brings the count to 15 total.  Without any further ado, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New World Music albums.

  1. Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet — Ladilikan
  2. Red Baraat — Bhangra Pirates
  3. Music Action Ensemble — Foundation
  4. Fer Isella — The Art of the Possible
  5. Synthesize The Soul — Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973 – 1988
  6. Las Cafeteras — Tastes Like L.A.
  7. Putumayo World Music Presents — Cuba! Cuba!
  8. Putumayo World Music Presents — Classic Italia
  9. Battle of Santiago — La Migra
  10. Ani Cordero — Querido Mundo
  11. Jenny & The Mexicats — Open Sea
  12. Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society — Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society
  13. Free Radicals — Outside The Comfort Zone
  14. Tamikrest — Kidal
  15. Tinariwen — Elwan

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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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