Top 15 World Albums, Spring 2012
You know those friends of yours who say they don't like world music? Well, this World Roundup is for them. It's a cliché, of course, but if there isn't something here for everyone, we'll eat our headphones. We start things off with the thick, weighty, Afro-funk- and dub-laced sophomore effort from Nigerian-German soul singer Nneka -- and things just get more diverse from there. There's indie-rock-fueled African pop and roots, flamenco filtered through Hindustani classical, circus-y psychedelic samba, centuries-old Persian classical styles played on a newly invented instrument, über-hip kuduro beats built of vintage Angolan samples. Oh yeah, and there's also this amazing, sprawling collection of rare cuts and beloved classics from the soundtrack to a new biodoc about some guy named Bob Marley. Dig in!