Global A Go-Go presents:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year ….  That’s right, it’s the time of the year when Global A Go-Go unwraps its favorite albums of the last 12 months.

This week, it’s my Top Ten new releases of 2017, plus ten honorable mentions.  Next week, you’ll hear my favorite compilations, reissues and historic recordings of the year.  And on December 27, it’s the best of the rest: all the great songs that didn’t fit onto the previous two programs.

And without further ado, here are Global A Go-Go’s Top Ten new releases of 2017 (with links to my reviews):

Top Ten New Releases Of 2017
1.  Systema Solar (Colombia) | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional
2.  Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy) | Canzoniere | Ponderosa
3.  Afro-Zen Allstars (RVA USA) | Greatest Hits | self-released
4.  Meklit (USA-Ethiopia) | When The People Move, The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees
5.  Son Palenque (Colombia) | Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia | Palenque
6.   Offa Rex (USA-England UK) | The Queen Of Hearts | Nonesuch
7.  Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet (Mali-USA) | Ladilikan | World Circuit
8.  La Misa Negra (USA) | La Misa Negra | NAM Entertainment
9.  Professor Wouassa (Switzerland) | Grow Yes Yes! | Matasuna
10. Omar Souleyman (Syria) | To Syria, With Love | Mad Decent

Honorable Mention
Aurelio (Honduras) | Darandi | Real World
Girma Beyene & Akale Wube (Ethiopia-France) | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
The Bongo Hop (France-Colombia) | Satingarona Pt. 1 | Underdog
The Expanders (USA) | Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 | Easy Star
Kries (Croatia) | Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks | Riverboat
Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha (Finland) | Naennianen | Playground Music
Meta & The Cornerstones (Senegal-Israel-Algeria-Japan-Cote D’Ivoire-Jamaica-USA) | Hira | Metarize
Ondatropica (Colombia-England UK) | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
Rumput (RVA USA) | Rumput | self-released
Tinariwen (Mali) | Elwan | Anti-


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96 December 13th, 2017

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