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2008 Favorite World Music Albums

Like Spin the Globe's monthly Top 10, our year-end favorites are a highly subjective ranking based on on-air spins, listener requests, and our own fickle tastes. The prize? Public adoration, positive vibes, and radio airplay. If you have other favorites, you're welcome to let us know or to make your own list and submit it to SoundRoots.



I've been asked by various entities to compile lists of my top world music albums of the year, with various numbers of albums allowed from 10 to 25. 2008 was a rich year in global music, so how does one distinguish from a whole planet full of music? These are the albums that not only caught my ear, but enticed me to return to their songs again and again. I've presented them in alphabetical order in three acts. Click on the album name for more information -- either my review, or a link to another review or online info.

Act 1: Top 10
Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze: Sira
Bajofondo: Mardulce
Chiwoniso: Rebel Woman
Desert Blues 3
(various artists)
Firewater: The Golden Hour
Funkadesi: Yo Baba
MC Yogi: Elephant Power
Mounira Mitchala: Talou Lena
Tomer Yosef: Laughing Underground
Umalali: The Garifuna Women's Project

Act 2: +10 = Top 20
Dengue Fever: Venus on Earth
DeLeon: DeLeon
Delhi 2 Dublin: Delhi 2 Dublin
Gamelan X: Satu
Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat: I Am Eve
Nation Beat: Legends of the Preacher
Nigeria 70-Lagos Jump
(various artists)
Oana Catalina Chitu: Bucharest Tango
Tony Allen: Afro Disco Beat
Uxia: Eterno Navegar

Act 3: +5 = Top 25
Emmanuel Jal: Warchild
Figli Di Madre Ignota: Fez Club
Neco Novellas: New Dawn/ Ku Khata
Pistolera: En Este Camino
Watcha Clan: Diaspora Hi-Fi

©2008 Scott Allan Stevens, Earball Media


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