Top 13 World Albums, Winter 2013
So many exciting new albums coming at ya from all corners of the globe and all walks of world-music life this winter! We’ve got brand-new releases from Portuguese fado diva Ana Moura, jazz- and hip-hop-infused funksters Chicago Afrobeat Project, and electro-cumbia innovators Frikstailers (out on ZZK Records, which knows from electro innovations) -- and that’s just this week. Also on the list are dancehall kingpin VYBZ Kartel, reggae star Protoje and bhangra-brass dubsters Red Baraat, as well as the gorgeous new jazz-hued album from Norwegian-Mozambiquean outfit Monoswezi. And don’t miss kora master Ballaké Sissoko’s graceful new effort, At Peace, an important message at this time of conflict in his native Mali. So many wonderful albums have come out, in fact, that we couldn’t quite fit them into a Top 12, so you get 13 instead. You’re welcome!