Best world music, 2016

Habib Galbi (YouTube), an Israeli band adapting Yemeni folk music, here is a good article about them.  They sing in Yemenite, a nearly extinct dialect of Arabic spoken by the Jews of Yemen.

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música: Multishow Live, it is remarkable how fresh these guys still sound.

Tanbou Toulou Lou: Meringue, Kompa, Kreyol, Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore from Haiti 1960-1981, one of the best collections.  And here on YouTube.

Faransiskiyo Somaliland, Sahra Halgan Trio.  And on YouTube.

Miriam Makeba, Indispensable 1955-1962.

Songs to fill the Void, and other works by American composers, most of all Virgil Thomson.

Here are the world music recommendations from Songlines, an excellent magazine by the way.


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