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2010-12-03 Best Global Music of 2010

I usually wait until the new year for my best-of show. But I got to thinking…perhaps you need an idea for a holiday gift for that special someone (or yourself!). So here’s your best of 2010 global music sampler. Among the great music released this year, there’s certainly something for everyone.

Hour 1
Afrocubism  –  Mali Cuba  –  Afrocubism

Khaira Arby - Timbuktu Tarab
Khaira Arby - Timbuktu Tarab

Khaira Arby  –  Wayidou  –  Timbuktu Taraab
Huun Huur Tu  –  Kozmahyk  –  Ancestors Call
Jienat  –  Dancehall  –  Mira
Rahim AlHaj w/ Yacoube Sissoko  –  The Other Time  –  Little Earth
King Sunny Ade  –  Oro Yi Bale (excerpt)  –  Baba Mo Tunde
Amabutho  –  Tsotsi  –  Sikelela
Red Baraat  –  Baraat to Nowhere  –  Chaal Baby
Mulatu Astatke  –  Mulatu  –  New York-London-Addis
Ferhat Tunc  –  Alisero  –  Listen to the Banned
Axum  –  Ma Im HaKesef  –  Axum
Abraham Incorporated  –  Trombonik  –  Tweet Tweet
Abraham Incorporated  –  Tweet Tweet  –  Tweet Tweet

Hour 2
Gotan Project  –  Desilusion  –  Tango 3.0
Razia  –  Taiko Ro  –  Zebu Nation
Cheikh Lo  –  Seyni  –  Jamm
Luisa Maita  –  Alento  –  Lero-Lero
Angelique Kidjo  –  Mbube  –  Ojo
Boban Markovic Orkestar  –  Obecanje (The Promise)  –  The Promise
Tony Allen  –  Celebrate  –  Secret Agent
Rahim AlHaj w/ Stephen Kent  –  Qaasim  –  Little Earth
Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela  –  The Whirling Dervish  –  Hands

2010-12-02: Xenophilia

A bonus playlist for you… no podcast/archive is available, but here’s what I spun as guest-host of KAOS’s show Xenophilia when I filled in for David M on 2 December 2010.

Hour 1
Rasha  –  Tumadir  –  Let Me Be
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble  –  Live Na Yeye  –  Stolen Sessions
Zap Mama  –  Belgo Zairoise  –  Seven
Panjabi MC  –  Nach Di Di  –  The Raj
Firewater  –  Borneo  –  The Golden Hour
Funkadesi  –  Makhana  –  Yo Baba
Kailash Kher & Kailasa  –  Rang Rang Ma  –  Yatra (Nomadic Souls)
Terrakota  –  World Masala  –  World Massala
Shantel  –  Citizen of Planet Paprika  –  Planet Paprika
Klezmic Zirkus  –  Le Karaoke de Kiev  –  Vitamine K
Abraham Incorporated  –  Baleboste: A Beautiful Picture  –  Tweet Tweet
Rolinha Kross  –  Tsjirik, Tsjirik  –  Mazzeltov
Steve Steppa  –  Malaki Ha Shalom  –  Clavicula Salominis

Hour 2
Manu Dibango  –  Weya  –  AfricaFunk Vol.1
Shye Ben-Tzur  –  Daras Bin  –  Shoshan
Mulher Melancia   –  Rima Que Rima  –  Funk Do Brasil
Fanfare Ciocarlia  –  Iag Bari (The Big Longing)  –  Iag Bari
Woima Collective   –  Illusions  –  Tezeta
Zimbabwe Legit  –  Rhymin’ Wit the African Symphony  –  Brothers from the Mother
Amanar  –  Azalan Man  –  Alghafiat
The Souljazz Orchestra  –  Negus Negast  –  Rising Sun
Goran Bregovic  –  Na’tan Ixara Oikopedo  –  Slivovica & Champagne
Balkan Beat Box  –  Bulgarian Chicks  –  Balkan Beat Box
La Cherga  –  Rembetiko 22  –  Fake No More

Best Global Music of 2010

It’s that time of year…the time when the spiders disappear to parts unknown, media outlets try to guilt you into spending thousands of dollars on gifts, and eggnog lattes show up at drive-through espresso stands. Which means it’s time for the annual review of global music over the past year.

2010 wasn’t the biggest year. Wars here and there, the Winter Olympics, tsunamis and volcanoes and mine collapses and earthquakes. Wikileaks, elections, and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. Neither was it a big year for most of our favorite names in world music. No new albums from Youssou N’Dour or Oliver Mtukudzi, Fanfare Ciocarlia or Susheela Raman, Baka Beyond or Antibalas.

The good news is that without big-name-artist releases hogging the limelight, the year was open to new artists — artists such as Ethiopian-Israeli rappers Axum, NYC-bhangra troupe Red Baraat, and the mysterious sounds of Norwegian group Jienat.

Use this as a shopping list for your global-music friends and family, or as a starting point for your own further exploration of modern world music sounds. Each album links to a review or a site where you can hear song samples and/or purchase the album. The list is in no particular order, and is a combination of fact (airplay, listener response, emails, comments) and my own tastes. I spelled out my criteria in an earlier post:

The best global albums … should first of all be ones that you turn to again and again. They should have some global impact, perhaps spawning imitators and spreading certain rhythms. And they should have clear roots in their local culture, have a message that’s rooted in that culture but is also universal. Finally, they should simply hit you where it counts.

Here are the top 20 albums of 2010 that hit Spin The Globe where it counts:

Most of these have been reviewed previously on SoundRoots, so dig around and enjoy the music. Happy exploring, friends!

2010-11-26 Music of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…despite the general overconsumption of food, the day is about gratitude for family, friends, and other blessings. It cuts across religious and ethnic lines, and is something we can celebrate together. Despite everything, there’s a lot to be grateful for. And this upbeat, family-friendly, positive-message show is the soundtrack to a day of gratitude over greed. Enjoy. Pumpkin pie with knife

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at

Hour 1
Amampondo  –  Yeye  –  Vuyani
Kobo Town   –  Beautiful Soul  –  Independence
Tony Allen  –  Celebrate  –  Secret Agent
Aurelio Martinez  –  Ereba (Cassava Bread)  –  Laru Beya
Ba Cissoko  –  Badina  –  Seno
Kari Iveland   –  O Store Gud  –  Avtrykk
SambaDa  –  Casa de Mainha (My Mother’s House)  –  Gente!
Olof Arnalds  –  Allt I Guddi  –  Innundir Skinni
Amanar  –  Awadam  –  Alghafiat
Vera Bila & Kale  –  Pandzdzenore (Five People)  –  Kale Kalore
Vilddas  –  Vilges Suola  –  Haliidan

Hour 2
Barrio Chino  –  Je Te Salue Marseille  –  Mediterra Nostra
Pena  –  El Mayoral  –  Pena
Johnny Clegg  –  Give Me the Wonder  –  Human
Ziggy Marley  –  I Love You Too  –  Family Time
Abraham Inc.  –  Moskowitz Remix  –  Tweet Tweet
Laya Project  –  Glorius Sun-Ya Allah-Muliya-Farihi (Ferenz Kallos Remix)  –  A New Day: Laya Project Remixed
Soznak  –  Traffic Jambo  –  Dear Dad Tango
Shye Ben-Tzur  –  Worshipper of Love  –  Shoshan
Edson X & MA3  –  Rhada Krishna (Maha Mantra)  –  Krishna Lounge
Dhiwoniso Maraire  –  Rebel Woman  –  Listen to the Banned
Fela Kuti  –  No Agreement (Part 2)  –  Fela-The Best of the Black President
Hard Proof Afrobeat  –  Alloy  –  Hard Proof

2010-11-19-Top 10 World Music CDs

Lots of new faces on this month’s chart. At #1 is a compilation of great music from artists whose music has been banned and repressed in countries as varied as Zimbabwe (Chiwoniso Maraire), Iran (Mahsa Vahdat), and Turkey (Ferhat Tunc).world music top 10 list from Spin The Globe

I’ve been raving about Abraham Inc., and their full album doesn’t disappoint me or the listeners who called in raving about “The H Song.” Then there’s the unexpected change of flavor on the new album from Garifuna artist Aurelio Martinez, who has brought in guest artists including Youssou N’Dour and Orquestra Baobab, adding a West African root to his new-world music. I suspect I don’t need to sing Ojos de Brujo’s praises to you, and their 10-year celebration CD is a treat. And the final new addition is the collaborative Sufi-favored goodness of Nagore Sessions.

We also heard some new releases, show previews, a birthday song for Ofra Haza, and finished with a cut from one of Knitting Factory’s new re-releases of Fela Kuti albums, which just never get old.

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at

Hour 1
Mardi  –  Americanos  –  #10-Von Humboldt Picnic
Rahim AlHaj  –  Missing You / Mae Querida  –  #9-Little Earth
Nagore Sessions  –  Ya Haja  –  #8-Nagore Sessions
Ojos de Brujo  –  Corriente Vital (Feat. Nitin Sawhney)   –  #7-Corriente Vital: 10 Anos
Axum  –  Hakshivu Na  –  #6-Axum
Aurelio Martinez  –  Laru Beya / At the Beach (feat. Orquestra Baobab)    –  #5-Laru Beya
Pena  –  El Mayoral  –  #4-Pena
Abraham Inc.  –  The H Tune (Hava Nagila)  –  #3-Tweet Tweet
Justin Vali  –  Orchidee  –  Justin Vali
Afrocubism  –  Nima Diyala  –  #2-Afrocubism
Aziza Brahim  –  Regreso  –  #1-Listen to the Banned
Ofra Haza  –  Kirya  –  Kirya

Hour 2
Toto La Momposina  –  Yo Me Llamo Cumbia  –  La Bodega
Umnachter Project  –  Wurzelwicht  –  Schall und Rauch
Shye Ben-Tzur  –  Dar E Yar  –  Shoshan
SKRUK & Mahsa Vahdat  –  Med Blomster I Fang  –  I Vinens Spiel
Niraj Chag  –  Bangles  –  Yoga
Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman  –  Chim Don Don  –  Nankuru Naisa
Correo Aereo  –  Petenera Del Itsmo  –  Provinces
Shiela Chandra  –  Quiet 1  –  Quiet
Forty Thieves Orkestar vs. Mahala Rai Banda  –  The Man Who Drinks  –  Electric Gypsyland 2
Fela Kuti  –  Sorrow Tears and Blood  –  Opposite People / Sorry Tears and Blood

2010-11-12 Portugal Meets Pakistan

Is there musical common ground — or at least complementary sounds — in the music of these two very different nations? Can qawwali and fado co-exist? Listen and find out. Also in hour 2, some fantastic new releases that seem determined to complicate my almost-finished Best of 2010 list. Portugal Meets Pakistan - on Spin The Globe world music radio

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Hour 1
Ana Moura  –  A Penumbra  –  Leva-Me Aos Fados
Temple of Sound & Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali  –  Solar East  –  World 2002
Kumpania Algazarra  –  Gipsy Reggae  –  Kumpania Algazarra
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan  –  Rang Rangeela  –  Charkha the album
Lula Pena  –  Fria Claridade  –  World 2003
Sabri Brothers  –  Saazina or Naghma  –  Tasleem
Rui Junior  –  Em Certeza  –  Farol Musica sampler
Shabaz  –  Caravan  –  Shabaz
Dead Combo  –  Rumbero  –  Sound of the World
Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  –  Dil Da Rog Muka Ja Mahi (Pinch Remix)  –  Dub Qawwali Remixes
Tucanas  –  Djidji  –  Maria Café
Badar Ali Khan  –  Kalander Trance Remix  –  Lost in Qawwali II

Hour 2
Mafalda Arnauth  –  O Voz Da Minh’ Alma  –  Women’s World Voices 5
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  –  Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work)  –  Mustt Mustt
Cacique’97  –  Sr. Diplomata  –  Cacique ’97
Amanar  –  Alghafiat  –  Alghafiat
Willie Colon  –  Che Che Cole  –  Salsa Explosion: The NY Salsa Revolution 1970-1979
Antibalas Ft. Mayra Vega   –  Che Che Cole (Makossa)  –  Daptone Gold
Abraham Incorporated  –  Baleboste: A beautiful picture  –  Tweet Tweet
Think of One  –  Maconha Do Brasil  –  Chuva Em Po
Johnny Clegg  –  Congo  –  Human
Steve Steppa  –  Malaki Ha Shalom  –  Clavicula Salomonis
Toubab Krewe  –  Carnavalito  –  TK2
Pena  –  Huaquero Viejo  –  Pena
Amal Murkas  –  Bhallelak  –  Listen to the Banned

2010-11-05 Music of Southern Africa

Music of Southern Africa on Spin The GlobeSouth Africa is a musical powerhouse, but other nations in southern Africa — including Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, and Botswana — also have great musicians. This show explored the region’s sounds, and it comes to you from KAOS’s brand new (really, still under construction) studios. Photos coming soon to the Spin The Globe Facebook page — check them out!

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Hour 1
Vambozha Vauya    Patrick Mkwamba & the Four Brothers    Spirit of the Eagle: Zimbabwe Frontline Vol. 2
Shungu    Andy Brown & the Storm    Passage of Time
Jo’burg Style    Dark City Sisters    South African Jive Vol. 1 – Zulu Vocal Jive
Rosa    Francisco Mahecuane    The Rough Guide to Marrabenta Mozambique
Chomba Malaila    Los Comrados    Sounds of Zambia Vol. 2
Telela    Ngatu    Hand-full of Namibians
Totutuma (We Celebrate)    Oliver Mtukudzi    Tsivo / Revenge
Mambo (The Snake)    Qwii    Ancient Civilizations of Southern Africa
Mthandazo    Ipelegeng Ensemble    Ancient Civilizations of Southern Africa
Karimbo    Mabulu    Karimbo
Mbijane    Black Roses    Love Is More than Just…
Ndiwe Muroyi (Stop, Witch)    Mahube    Music from Southern Africa

Hour 2
Nufeko Disole    Batida feat. Bras Firmino    The Sound of Club Secousse Vol. 1
Gidamba    Woima Collective    Tezeta
Fulaninha (Maga Bo Remix)    Luisa Maita    Maita Remixed
Tweet Tweet    Abraham Inc.    advance single
Arooss-e-Aftaw    Farhad Darya    Listen to the Banned
Lo Mesahek Itah    Axum    Auxm
Arugula    Carne Cruda    Oakland’s Tight
Gela Phuro    Balval    Le Ciel Tout Nu
Bird in a Web    Pickpocket Ensemble    Memory
Qaasim    Rahim AlHaj    Little Earth
Mosquito    Flaming Souls    Next Stop…Soweto Vol. 2
Negus Negast    The Souljazz Orchestra    Rising Sun

2010-10-29 Music of Mexico, Halloween, Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead skeletons with guitarHalloween may not be a truly global holiday, but between Day of the Dead, general spooky world music, and music specifically about the ghoulish US version of this autumn celebration, we rounded up some great tunes for your listening pleasure. Including zombie songs by special request. Plus new releases in hour 2. Have a happy halloween, and thanks to everyone who supported KAOS during the recent membership drive (If you missed it, it’s always a good time to  pledge online)!

Remember, you can catch the archive of this show for a limited time at — download it as the background for your haunted house!

Hour 1
Omar Torrez  –  Llorona  –  Corazon de Perro
Lo’Jo  –  Brule la Meche  –  Boheme de Cristal
The Budos Band  –  Ghost Walk  –  Daptone Gold
Terra Linda  –  Demon’s Cumbia  –  Tortilla Western Serenade
Cicala Mvta  –  Ghost Requiem  –  Ghost Circus
Mahala Rai Banda  –  Zabrakadabra  –  Ghetto Blasters
Potentia Animi  –  Nachtfrass  –  Das Erste Gebet
Los Flacos  –  El Diablo Suelto  –  Rosa Celeste
Hossam Ramzy  –  Halloween  –  Sabla Tolo II
The Moontrekkers  –  Night of the Vampire  –  Halloween Instrumentals
March Fourth Marching Band  –  Nightmarika  –  Rise Up
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca  –  Nganga Kisi  –  Sao Salvador
Tarika  –  Avelo (Ghost)  –  Son Egal

Hour 2
Besh o Drom  –  Once I Catch the Devil  –  Once I Catch the Devil
Varttina  –  Aijo  –  Ilmatar
Brass Menazeri  –  Mejra na Tabutu (Mejra in the Casket)  –  Vranjski San
The Big Guys  –  Zombie  –  Halloween Instrumentals
Mahsa Vahdat  –  Mystery  –  Listen to the Banned
Jienat  –  Sissel  –  Mira
Rahim AlHaj w/ Glen Velez  –  Dance of the Palms  –  Little Earth
The Vampires of Dartmoore  –  Dr. Caligari’s Gruselkabinett  –  Halloween Instrumentals
Balval  –  Rodipen  –  Le Ciel Tout Nu (the Naked Sky)
Ojos de Brujo  –  Corre Lola feat. Los Pericos  –  Corriente Vital
The Souljazz Orchestra  –  Mamaya  –  Rising Sun
Ebo Taylor  –  Love and Death  –  Love and Death

2010-10-22 Music of Cuba & pledging

On the heels of Celia Cruz’s Oct. 21 birthday, we celebrated the music of the island nation along with some new releases and other great sounds. All meant to inspire you to pick up your phone and pledge your support for KAOS community radio, which makes it possible for you to hear Spin The Globe every week. You can also pledge online or call 360-867-5267. Thanks for your support!

Celia Cruz
Celia Cruz

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Hour 1
AfroCubism  –  Mali Cuba  –  AfroCubism
Ska Cubano  –  Mambo Ska  –  Mambo Ska
Celia Cruz  –  Quimbara  –  Global Divas
Alex Cuba  –  En El Cielo  –  Alex Cuba
Santa Tae  –  Frank Emilio Flynn Dert Remix   –  Cuban Remix Project
Alfredo Valdes  –  Canto a la Vueltabajera  –  Congo to Cuba
Conjunto Rumbavana  –  No Me Llores  –  Cuba Classics 2: Dancing with the Enemy
Tito Gonzales y su Son de Cuba  –  Fiesta en el Barrio  –  Al Doblar la Esquina
Orishas  –  537 C.U.B.A.  –  A lo cubano

Hour 2
Habana Abierta  –  Lo Bueno no sale barato  –  Boomerang
Mardi  –  Monk Punk  –  Von Humboldt Picnic
The Souljazz Orchestra  –  Agbara  –  Rising Sun
March Fourth Marching Band  –  Happiness  –  Rise Up
Matuto  –  Radio AM  –  Matuto
Hard Proof  –  Mahout  –  Hard Proof
Mahotella Queens  –  Wozani mahipi  –  Next Stop…Soweto Vol. 2
Ebo Taylor  –  Nga Nga  –  Love and Death

2010-10-15: Afrobeat Outside Africa

Afrobeat has been one of the most contagious musics produced by Africa, and it has found root in nations as far-flung as Germany, Colombia, England, and here in the USA. This week we celebrated the Oct. 15 birthday of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti with the sounds of his rhythms gone globally viral. Plus some music from the founder of Afrobeat himself, and some new releases. Spin The Globe Loves Afrobeat

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Hour 1
Schael Sick Brass Band  –  Colonial Mentality  –  Majnoun
Shareholder Tom  –  Stopover Abeokuta  –  advance single
Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble  –  Pelotera  –  Introducing the Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
The Haggis Horns  –  The Traveller Part One  –  Hot Damn!
Cacique ’97  –  Eu Quero Tudo  –  Cacique ’97
Hard Proof Afrobeat  –  Buffalo  –  Hard Proof Afrobeat
Superkali  –  Daktari Walk  –  Superkali
Cafe-Creme et les Frères Smith  –  La Marche des Smith  –  We Love Afrobeat
London Afrobeat Collective  –  Lagos Junction  –  L.A.C.
Afrodizz  –  Propaganda  –  Kif Kif

Hour 2
Palanca  –  Cumbia Reggae Funky  –  Para Cambiar El Rumbo
Belgian Afrobeat Association  –  Femme Fatale  –  Belgian Afrobeat Association
Fela Kuti  –  Swegbe and Pako  –  The Underground Spiritual Game
Toubab Krewe  –  Beacon  –  TK2
Alpha Yaya Diallo  –  M’ma Love  –  Imme
Picoso  –  Descarga  –  Mas Picao
Shukar Collective  –  Oh, Girl…  –  Rromatek
Ebo Taylor  –  Kwame  –  Love and Death
Nana Vasconcelos  –  Nizinga  –  Brazilian Rhythms
Abazar Hamid  –  Salam Darfur  –  Listen to the Banned