- Vieux Farka Toure, Live
- Angelique Kidjo, Black Ivory Soul
- Le Tout Puissant Poly Rythmo, Nouvelle Formule
- Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, I Speak Fula
- Ruth Tafebe and the Afro Rockerz, Holy Warriors
- Staff Benda Bilili, Tres Tres Fort
Our honorable mention goes to the Booty Beats of Rio Baile Funk... I can report that booties were being shaken, for better or worse.