20 Key Albums (#1173)

You’ve seen the social media threads with people posting their 10 favorite albums or the 15 best concerts. Well this show highlights 20 albums that were Spin The Globe’s gateway to more global music. From western musicians introducing other global sounds (thanks, Stewart Copeland, David Byrne, and Paul Simon!) to albums I stumbled across in used CD stores (Moana & the Moa Hunters, Rossy, township music compilations), these are some of the sounds that led me deeper into the “world music” rabbit hole. Thanks for that!

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Hour 1
Stewart Copeland – Liberté – The Rhythmatist
Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder – Gomni – Talking Timbuktu
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al – Graceland (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Sizobalanda – Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu
Mercedes Sosa – La Estrella Azul – De Mí
Nasrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mustt Mustt (Lost in His Work) – Mustt Mustt
Burhan Öcal & Istanbul Classical Music Ensemble – Orient Expres – Caravanserai
Kongar-ol Ondar – Eki a’ttar (Good Horses) – Genghis Blues
Paul Pena – Kargyraa Moan – Genghis Blues
Orchestra Baobab – Ray M’Bele – Pirates Choice
Lo’jo – Señor Cálice – Boheme de Cristal

Hour 2
Muzsikás – Repülj Madár, Repülj (Fly Bird, Fly) – The Prisoner’s Song
Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo – Ngicabange Ngaqeda – The Indestructible Beat of Soweto – Volume One
Ngicabange Ngaqeda – Joyce No. 2 – The Indestructible Beat of Soweto – Volume One
Angélique Kidjo – Batonga – Logozo
The Daktaris – Musicawi Silt – Soul Explosion
Celeste Mendoza – Mi Rumba Echando Candela – Cuba Classics 2: Dancing With the Enemy
Conjunto Rumbavana – No Me Llores – Cuba Classics 2: Dancing With the Enemy
Hukwe Zawose & Michael Brook – Kuna Kunguni / The Bedbugs Bite – Assembly
Zawose & Brook – Chilumi Cha Kwetu: Voices From Home – Assembly
Ofra Haza – Lefelach Harimon – Yemenite Songs
Rossy – Soa – Island Of Ghosts
Moana and The Moa Hunters – Treaty – Rua
1 Giant Leap featuring The Mahotella Queens & Ulali – Ma’ Africa – 1 Giant Leap
Orkestar Bobana Marcovica – Hani Rumba – Unblocked: Music of Eastern Europe

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