This week, I'll run down my picks for the top new releases of 2015: a Top Ten plus ten more honorable mentions. Then next week (Dec 16), it's on to the best compilations, reissues and historic recordings of 2015. After a week off, I'll be back on Dec 30 with the best of the rest — all the great songs that didn't fit onto the previous two programs.
Isn't that overkill? Not really, at least I don't think so. WRIR received 548 new world music releases in 2015; then there's all the new stuff that was never sent to the station that I bought or streamed during the year. Add them all up, and you'll see that my top-lists are just six or so percent of all the new music I heard in 2015. Far from overkill, I'd say it's actually pretty selective company.
Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating — tune in to Global A Go-Go in December and hear for yourself just how good a year in world music 2015 was. I'd say it was very good, in fact one of the best recent vintages.
Click "read more" to see my 2015 Top Ten (new releases division).
Click through for my review of each new release.
Top Ten New Releases Of 2015
1. Dengue Fever | The Deepest Lake | Tuk Tuk
2. Bixiga 70 | III | Glitterbeat
3. Tiken Jah Fakoly | Racines | Barclay
4. Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band | Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band | Strut
5. Chico Trujillo | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas | Barbes
6. Samba Toure | Gandadiko | Glitterbeat
7. The Souljazz Orchestra | Resistance | Strut
8. Fat Freddy's Drop | Bays | The Drop
9. The Bluebeaters | Everybody Knows | Record Kicks
10. Qwanqwa | Volume Two | FPE
Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band | Juguya | Sublime Frequencies
Black Masala | I Love You Madly | self-released
Brian Chilala & Ngoma Zasu | Vangaza! | SWP
Lila Downs | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
Grupo Fantasma | Problemas | Blue Corn Music
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba | Ba Power | Glitterbeat
Kandia Kouyate | Renascence | Sterns
Nozinja | Lodge | Warp
Titi Robin & Mehdi Nassouli | Taziri | World Village
Shantel | Viva Diaspora | Essay
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December 9th, 2015
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