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World music is not just one genre, but a multitude of genres! From Africa to Latin America, Europe, Asia or Oceania, its representatives are countless and their musical styles are just as varied. Here is a selection of 50 flagship world music tracks, from the 60s to the present day. With Chico Buarque, Seu Jorge, Ibrahim Ferrer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Fela Ku...See more
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Chico Buarque, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Manoel Barenbein, Producer
℗ 1970 Universal Music Ltda
Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Fred Catero, Producer - Gregg Rolie, Keyboards - Tito Puente, Composer, Lyricist - Rico Reyes - Dave Brown, Engineer - Carlos Santana, Guitar - John Fiore, Engineer - David Brown, Bass Guitar - Mike Shrieve, Drums - Darcy Proper, Mastering Engineer - Didier C. Deutsch, Mastering Engineer - Jose Areas, Congas - Mike Carabello, Congas
Tamikrest, Performer - Ousmane Ag Mossa, Composer
Glitterbeat Records Glitterbeat Records
Stephen Sedgwick, Mixer - Nick Zinner, Producer - Songhoy Blues, Artist, MainArtist - Aliou Touré, Composer - Garba Touré, Composer - Oumar Touré, Composer - Copyright Reserved, MusicPublisher
2015 Transgressive Records Ltd 2015 Transgressive Records Ltd
Tinariwen, Performer - Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, Composer
2008 Reaktion under exclusive license by Tapsit 2008 Reaktion under exclusive license by Tapsit
Emmanuel Ofori, Composer, Lyricist - Outhere Publishing, MusicPublisher - Santrofi, MainArtist - Kofi Boachie-Ansah, Producer
2020 OutHere Records 2020 OutHere Records
Gulabi Sapera, interprète - Titi Robin, interprète
2002 Auvidis 2002 Auvidis
Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Jean Kluger NV, MusicPublisher - Blackblood, MainArtist
1993 Jean Kluger NV 1993 Jean Kluger NV
Vinicio Capossela, MainArtist - V. Capossela, Composer, Lyricist
© 2016 La Cupa Srl under exclusive license to Warner Music Italia Srl ℗ 2016 La Cupa Srl under exclusive license to Warner Music Italia Srl
Brian Eno, Producer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Faisal Helwani, Producer - Edikanfo, MainArtist - Ishmael Odai, Composer
2020 Dox Records 2020 Dox Records
Mayra Andrade, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orlando Pantera, Composer, Lyricist
(P) 2006 SonyBmg Music Entertainment
Cesaria Evora, MainArtist - AMANDIO CABRAL, Composer - Luis Morais, Composer - Africa Nostra, MusicPublisher - SM Publishing, MusicPublisher - De Bertholene, MusicPublisher
(C) 2012 Lusafrica (P) 2012 Lusafrica
Teófilo Chantre, MainArtist
(C) 2011 Lusafrica (P) 2011 Lusafrica
David Walters, MainArtist - Bruno Hovart, Composer
2019 Heavenly Sweetness 2019 Heavenly Sweetness
Jorge Ben, MainArtist - toquinho, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist - Jorge Ben Jr, Composer, Lyricist
1999 Mr Bongo Worldwide LTD 1999 Mr Bongo Worldwide LTD
Jorge Rossy, Artist, MainArtist, Recording Artist - Lee Morgan, Composer - Sérgio Wagner, Artist, FeaturedArtist - Marton Juhasz, Artist, FeaturedArtist - Danny Ziemann, Artist, FeaturedArtist
2020 Fresh Sound Records 2020 Fresh Sound Records
Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Roge, MainArtist - Seu Jorge, MainArtist - Peu Meurray, Writer - Magary Lord, Writer - Luizinho do Jeje, Writer
2019 Night Dreamer 2019 Night Dreamer
Javier Limon, Producer - Andrés Molina Moles, Composer, Lyricist - luis rivas gomez, Composer, Lyricist - José Torres Garzon, Composer, Lyricist - Buika, MainArtist
© 2006 Dro Atlantic, S.A. ℗ 2006 Dro Atlantic, S.A.
Surprise Chef, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist - Lachlan Stuckey, Composer - Jethro Curtin, Composer
2019 Mr Bongo 2019 Mr Bongo
Ali Farka Touré, Composer, MainArtist
© 2017 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 1992 2017 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company
Mop Mop, Main Artist - Andrea Benini, Composer - Andrea Benini , Alex Trebo, Lyricist - Nordend Entertainment Publishing
2013 Agogo Records 2013 Agogo Records
Jérôme Ettinger, Composer - Benin International Musical, Artist, MainArtist - Gbetognon Jean Houenou, Lyricist - Brice Jimmyl Tchegnon, Composer, Lyricist - Tetede Yelouassi, Lyricist - World Tour Records, MusicPublisher
2018 World Tour Records 2018 World Tour Records
Arat Kilo, Performer - Mamani Keita, Performer - Mike Ladd, Performer - Gérald Bonnegrace, Composer - Fabien Girard, Composer - Florent Berteau, Composer - Michaël Havard, Composer - Samuel Hirsh, Composer - Aristide Gonçalves, Composer
2018 Accords Croisés 2018 Accords Croisés
Alberto Malo, Drums - Hindi Zahra , Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Abdenour Djemai, Guitar - Jocelyn Mienniel, Flute, Saxophone - Michael Rangeard, Masterer - Rhani Krija, Percussion - Alexis Anérilles, Piano - Lucile Loison, Choir - Laurie Galligani, Engineer & Mixer - Thomas Rasoanaivo, Engineer & Mixer - Jordan Kouby, Engineer & Mixer - Juan Manuel Fernandez Mendoza, Guitar
© 2015 Oursoul Records, under exclusive licence to Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2015 Oursoul Records, under exclusive licence to Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela, MainArtist - Rodrigo Sanchez, Composer - Evolving Music Co Ltd under exclusive license to Sony / ATV Music Publishing., MusicPublisher - Gabriela Lopez, Composer
(C) 2006 Rubyworks Ltd. (P) 2006 Rubyworks Ltd.
Flavia Coelho, Performer
Norman Gimbel, ComposerLyricist - Astrud Gilberto, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Vinicius De Moraes, ComposerLyricist - António Carlos Jobim, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Joao Gilberto, MainArtist - Stan Getz, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tommy Williams, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Milton Banana, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer
℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Joao Gilberto, MainArtist - IMG, MusicPublisher
2017 RevOla Records 2017 RevOla Records
Gene Orloff, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gershman, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - George Ricci, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Romeo Penque, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Beckenstein, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Charles McCracken, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Cleveland, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Carter, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - CLAUS OGERMAN, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - António Carlos Jobim, Guitar, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Rosengarden, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Lookofsky, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jerome Richardson, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Claudio Slon, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Emanuel Green, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dom Um Romao, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harvey Shapiro, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Kruczek, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Urbie Green, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Irving Spice, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julius Held, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lewis Eley, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Raoul Poliakin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Singer, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer - Louis Stone, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Haber, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Malignaggi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Eichen, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Abe Kessler, Cello, AssociatedPerformer
A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Henri Salvador, Composer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - BERNARD DIMEY, Lyricist
© 2009 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1963 Parlophone / Warner Music France, a Warner Music Group Company
Ballaké Sissoko, Composer, Performer - Vincent Segal, Performer
2015 NO FORMAT! 2015 NO FORMAT!
Toumani Diabate, MainArtist - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, MainArtist
© 2010 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2010 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company
Jackson Browne, FeaturedArtist - Van Dyke Parks, Producer, Arranger, Piano, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist - JAMES DICKINSON, Writer - Jim Keltner, Drums, Percussion - Ry Cooder, Solo Guitar, Writer - Bernie Grundman, Masterer - Leland Sklar, Bass - Al Schmitt, Mixer - John Hiatt, Writer - Grant Geissman, Guitar - Doug Lacy, Engineer - Gaby Moreno, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocals, MainArtist - David Stone, Upright Bass - Martin Pradler, Engineer - Amy Shulman, Harp - Aniela Perry, Cello - Mark Pender, Trumpet - Craig Parker Adams, Engineer - Matt Cook, Marimba, Vibes - Phil Feather, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Piccolo - Linnea Powell, Viola - Lizzie Upton, French Horn - Yvette Holzwarth, Violin
© 2019 Metamorfosis Enterprises, Inc., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc. ℗ 2019 Metamorfosis Enterprises, Inc., under exclusive license to Nonesuch Records Inc.
Lhasa De Sela, MainArtist - Les Éditions Kaligram, MusicPublisher
(C) 1997 Les Disques Audiogramme inc. (P) 1997 Les Disques Audiogramme inc.
Joseph Harb, Composer - The Rahbani Brothers, Composer, Arranger, Work Arranger - Fairuz, MainArtist - Ziad Rahbani, Composer
℗ 1995 Relax-In
CAetano Veloso, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Perinho Albuquerque, Producer
℗ 1977 Universal Music International
Carte De Sejour, MainArtist - Rachid Taha, Composer, Author, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Hillage, Producer - Mohammed Amini, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mokhtar Amini, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerome Savy, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Chambraud, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Germain Troudard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jallane Abdelhak, Banjo, Oud, AssociatedPerformer - Brahim M'Sahel, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Meyet, Producer, Executive Producer
℗ 1984 Barclay
Oumou Sangare, Composer, Performer
2017 No Format
Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Mulatu Astatke, MainArtist - Ian Dixon, Lyricist, Producer - Liam Monkhouse, Composer - Black Jesus Experience, MainArtist - Peter Colin Harper, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Richard Thomas Rose, Composer - Robert Belchamber, Composer - Vida Sunshine Borley Borquaye, Composer - Negat Abate, Composer
2020 Agogo Records 2020 Agogo Records
Fela Kuti, Main Artist, Artist, Producer, Composer, Lyricist - EMI Music Publishing / FKO Music, Music Publisher
2013 Kalakuta Sunrise 2016 Knitting Factory Records
Yukihiro Takahashi, MainArtist
1978 King Record Co., Ltd. 1978 King Record Co., Ltd.
Altin Gün, MainArtist - Mehmet Emmi, Composer
2019 Glitterbeat Records 2019 Glitterbeat Records
Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Issam Hajali, Composer, MainArtist - Samih El Kasem, Lyricist
2019 Habibi Funk Records 2019 Habibi Funk Records
Calypso Rose, Performer - Drew Gonsalves, Composer - Alan Thomas, Composer - Manu chao, Composer
2016 Maturity Music Limited / Stonetree Music Inc under exclusive license to Because Music 2016 Maturity Music Limited / Stonetree Music Inc under exclusive license to Because Music
Pongo, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Florent Livet, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pongo Love, ComposerLyricist - Léonard Lelièvre, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Raphaël D’Hervez, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 2019 Capitaine Plouf / Jardin Rouge
Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Papa Wemba, Artist, MainArtist
2019 Real World Records Ltd 1995 Real World Records Ltd
Anoushka Shankar, Producer, Sitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - SHILPA RAO, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Robertson, Programmer - Alev Lenz, Producer - Matthew Robertson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Heba Kadry, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Cello, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Shirin Anandita, Author - Mark Rainbow, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Izziiee Jewell, Engineer, StudioPersonnel
℗ 2020 Mercury KX, a division of Decca Music Group Limited
Ry Cooder, Producer - Jerry Boys, Mixer, Engineer - Tom Leader, Engineer - Ibrahim Ferrer, MainArtist - Orlando 'Cachaíto' López, Bass Guitar
2020 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company 2020 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company
World music is not just one genre, but a multitude of genres! From Africa to Latin America, Europe, Asia or Oceania, its representatives are countless and their musical styles are just as varied. Here is a selection of 50 flagship world music tracks, from the 60s to the present day. With Chico Buarque, Seu Jorge, Ibrahim Ferrer, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Fela Kuti, Oumou Sangaré, Papa Wemba, Arat Kiloo, Santrofi, Edikanfo, Fairouz, Buika, Lhasa...
Photo: Chico Buarque (album cover detail "Chico Buarque de Hollanda Nº4".
Lhasa, An Unforgettable Shooting Star
by Benjamin Minimum
With only three studio albums, one live album and three international tours, “Lhasa” de Sela still made her unique mark on contemporary popular music. “La Llorona”, “The Living Road” and “Lhasa” are all accomplished works in their own right and open the door to a strange yet familiar world, halfway between dream and reality. Full of both light and darkness, these songs are imbued with the genuine feelings of an artist whose heartfelt vocals reach out and pull the listener in, creating an intimate relationship with the audience. Looking back at the life of “Lhasa” de Sela, the makings of a legend are visible like chapters in a novel, complete with all the emotion that comes with a beautiful but heartbreaking storyline.
In 2012, a tribute was paid to the singer in Montreal and at the Printemps de Bourges. “A Walk for Lhasa” brought together friends, musicians who Lhasa had inspired and her sisters Ayin, Sky and Myriam de Sela, whose circus acts interspersed the show. On May 15, 2014, the city of Montreal inaugurated Lhasa-De Sela park in the Mile End district where the nomad had finally settled down. In December 2017, twenty years after its release, La Llorona re-emerged in a remastered edition. To celebrate its anniversary, the show La Route Chante was put on in Montreal and Paris with Yves Desrosiers as artistic director. It featured the ever-faithful Arthur H and Patrick Watson, singers Dom La Nena, Jeanne Added, Camelia Jordana, Sandra Nkaké, as well as the oud player Anouar Brahem, whose music Lhasa said, soothed her and helped her to breathe.
During the same period, Live in Reykjavik was also released, which captures footage from Lhasa’s final concert on May 24, 2009, in the Icelandic capital. With a clear and beguiling voice, the singer, alongside the perfect team of backing musicians that she’d assembled by the end of her life, performs a selection of songs from her three albums and her adaptation of A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, a song she was particularly fond of. The recordings also capture the delightful way she presents her songs with poetic and personal little stories, peppered with that distinct laugh.
Like Nick Drake, another melancholic singer, Lhasa’s discography only consists of three studio albums. But unlike the English singer-songwriter, her music was appreciated during her lifetime and will be appreciated for a long time to come. Avoiding the musical gimmicks of the time, she had a unique ability to express herself through music with deep sincerity – and that is what makes her music timeless.
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