Top 10 World, June 2013
A slew of spine-tingling new albums have been coming at ya this summer from all corners of the globe, from Spain to Israel to Brazil to India. We rounded up our picks for the top 10, and wow, is there some great, innovative, life-changing music on this list. Check out our quick breakdown below -- or just jump right in and start listening!
Vieux Farka Touré, Mon Pays: Making music in Mali today ranges from difficult to dangerous. One of the country's greatest musicians mourns the current state of affairs and celebrates his nation's considerable musical legacy with this contemplative, beautiful album.
Idan Raichel Project, Quarter to Six: Touré's frequent collaborator, Raichel also has a new album out that features Touré, fado singer Ana Moura, Colombian artist Marta Gomez and others. It highlights his globally minded, peace-focused mix of pop and traditional sounds from Africa, the Middle East and Raichel's home country, Israel.
Debashish Bhattacharya and Friends, Beyond the Ragasphere: The name of this album from the Indian slide guitarist and composer says it all: Bhattacharya and company ground their sound in Indian classical, but take it traveling through jazz, funk, jam rock and other global sounds.
Matuto, The Devil and the Diamond: These New York-based Brazilian expats call their style "Brazilian bluegrass," which sounds about right for this friendly, buoyant mix of American folk music, Brazilian forro, Afro-Brazilian traditions and lots and lots of accordions.
Dirtmusic, Troubles: Heady, powerful blues-soaked Afro-rock recorded by Aussies in a Bamako studio and featuring a host of global musicians and impassioned critiques of Mali's current political quagmire.