By Marc Bruner
Here's some of my favorite world music releases for the year:
Orchestra Poly Rythmo de Contonou, Analog Africa No. 6, Echos Hypnotiques. More great vintage stuff from the people at Analog Africa. This is fantastic funky music.
Yet more awesome funky vintage shit. Let's hope they keep digging this stuff up for us.
Beautiful folk music from Senegal.
Early live recordings from Dakar and Paris. I love pretty much everything they do (or have done).
Searing desert blues. Drink plenty of water.
Fantastic album that mixes modern and traditional to just the right effect.
You need the whole three volume set, because you need six full discs of the Rail Band! Well, that's at least how I think about it. But seriously, this is timeless Malian jam-band rock at its very best.
I think guitar playing runs in his family. The album is great, but the live show is truly awesome.
I must admit I don't listen to this as much as the others, but the sound is quite diverse and very innovative.
One of the best new releases for traditional West African singing and instrumentation.