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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
Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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".
The Great History of Malian Music
by Benjamin Minimum
Mandingo traditions or urban intersections, ancestral chants from the griots or dance bands on the day following the Independence, the family tree of Malian music possesses deep roots, leafy branches and a strong sap. Let’s take a look back at the fascinating history.
At the same time, Amadou Bagayoko, former guitarist of the Ambassadeurs, and his wife Mariam Doumbia found success under the name Amadou & Mariam, “the blind couple from Mali”. Over the years, they worked with M, Manu Chao and the English Damon Albarn. The latter, fascinated by African music and especially Malian music, organized live and recorded meetings in Africa and Europe between African and Western musicians. African Express offered an important exposure to young Malian talents like the singer Fatoumata Diawara, Cheick Tidiane Seck’s protégée, the ngoni player Bassékou Kouyaté and the Niafunké band Songhoy Blues.
Malian artists living in France have enjoyed some very nice careers. Chorister of Salif Keïta, Mamani Keïta took part in the first batch of the Electro Bamako from Marc Minelli, a rocker from Le Havre, before working with Arthur H’s guitarist, Nicolas Repac, then with the Parisian Afro-groove band Arat Kilo. The daughter of a diplomat, born near Bamako, Rokia Traoré has travelled a lot, but remains very attached to the culture of her motherland. The public discovered her thanks to the Musiques Métisses festival in Angoulême, whose director, Christian Mousset, has also enabled the rejuvenation of the careers of Super Rail Band and Boubacar Traoré. Rokia Traoré has established herself as a major singer-songwriter and involves herself with ardor in Mali’s cultural life. She has also worked with the Kronos Quartet, years before the Trio Da Kali. In 2017, the Californian string quartet and the Malian griot musician trio have released the very successful Ladilikan, which confronts the griot traditions to string arrangements.
Champions of musical elasticity, kora players Ballaké Sissoko and Toumani Diabaté bring their immense talent and their deep traditional knowledge to often fascinating cultural exchanges. Ballaké regularly meets in the studio or on stage with the Iranian percussion family Chemirani, violoncellist Vincent Ségal and the band 3MA, composed of Moroccan oud player Driss el Maloumi and Madagascan valiha player Rajery. Toumani was one of Ali Farka Touré’s last music companions, recording two albums with him: In the Heart of the Moon and Ali & Toumani, both winning a Grammy Award. He was at the centre of the meeting between Cuban and Malian musicians on AfroCubism in 2010, held unforgettable concerts with the Iranian kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor and worked with Björk on the Volta album. The French rappers of Malian descent, Mokobé (Traoré) and Oxmo Puccino, born Abdoulaye Diarra in Ségou, rarely include Mandingo elements in their productions. But Mokobé invited Oumou Sangaré and Amadou & Mariam onto his album Mon Afrique in 2007 and in 2017, Oxmo took part in M’s project Lamomali, alongside Fatoumata Diawara, Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté. The latter, an excellent kora player like his father, has become a star in Western Africa thanks to joyful music videos and a blend of coupé-décalé, Mandingo rhythms and R&B romances. Traditional or blended, Malian musicians radiated in the past as they do today and everything suggests that they are ready for the future.
Translated by Damien Izabelle.
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