Ten Best World Music Artists
World Music is a catchall phrase for global folk music. It usually refers to non-western, ethnic or indigenous music. Listed below are the ten best world music artists, and some of their albums.
Listening to some of the following music is a great way to expand your musical library, and learn a little culture from some distant lands. Enjoy.
1. Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Watina. Catchy percussion and a fast, upbeat style emphasized the deep baritone of Andy Palacio.
2. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Sega Blue. The best string picking you may ever hear, from the heart of Africa.
3. Bembeya Jazz National: The Syliphone Years. One of West Africa's best dance bands leaves you inspired to move all night.
4.Caetano Voloso: Cê. A brazilian standard, on par with Bob Dylan, Caetano Voloso still rocks.
5. Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth. Dee Dee Bridgewater is an american, returned to Mali, to create some of the greatest jazz sounds around.
6. Puerto Plata: Mujer de Cabaret. A folk musician from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata delivers great acoustic work on this album.
7. Sergio and Odair Assad: Jardim abandonado. These brazilian born boys, infused with arabic blood bring the most beautiful, memorable guitar work of late.
8. Tinariwen: Aman Iman: Water is Life. With more music coming out of Mali, this work stands out as extraordinary.
9. Yousou N'Dour: Rokku Mi Rokka. One of Africa's most popular folk singers, Youssou N'Dour brings an upbeat, lively work that makes you smile.
10. Ali Farka Touré: In the Heart of the Moon. A collaborative effort with Toumani Diabaté, this is one of my all time favorite albums.