Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Top Ten Releases of 2011

Last week we aired our Stocking Stuffers 2011 show that showcased some of our favorite releases of the new year. The show included 32 different albums packed into 60 minutes ranging from Panamanian hip-hop by way of San Francisco to neo-classical kora offerings.  There was truly something for everyone. Be sure to check our our feature for the program to find links to reviews, interviews, videos and more.

But which ones are our favorites from the past year? It's a tough decision. However, we've narrowed down our top ten albums of 2011. And here they are, in no particular ranking: 

Bombino - Agadez (Niger) - Cumbancha

Damily - Ela Lia (Madagascar) - Helico

Blitz the Ambassador - Native Sun (USA/Ghana) - Embassy MVMT

Takfarinas - Lwaldine - Hymne aux Parents (Algeria) - Mandole

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - From Africa with Fury: Rise (Nigeria) - Knitting Factory

Dub Colossus - Addis Through the Looking Glass (Ethiopia) - PID

Baloji - Kinshasa Succursale (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Crammed Discs

Aurelio - Laru Beya (Honduras) - Next Ambience / Sub Pop

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal - Chamber Music (Mali and France) - Six Degrees

Habib Koité, Afel Bocoum and Oliver Mtukudzi -
Acoustic Africa in Concert (Mali and Zimbabwe) - Contre Jour

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