Album Releases by Genre

Nigeria 70: No Wahala (Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987)

Nigeria 70: No Wahala (Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987)

by Various Artists
March 29, 2019
The first installment in Strut's "Nigeria 70" series of compilations in eight years features a dozen Nigerian tracks from the 1970s and '80s, curated by collector Duncan Brooker.
Metascore:
82
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tbd
One People One World

One People One World

by Femi Kuti
February 23, 2018
The 10th full-length release for the saxophonist (and oldest son of Afrobeat artist Fele Kuti) was recorded mainly in Lagos with his band Positive Force.
Metascore:
71
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tbd
Live At Carnegie Hall

Live At Carnegie Hall

by Caetano Veloso/David Byrne
March 13, 2012
This is a live recording from a 2004 concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Caetano Veloso and David Byrne.
Metascore:
70
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tbd
San Patricio

San Patricio

by The Chieftains Featuring Ry Cooder
March 9, 2010
The concept album about a group of Irish US soldiers who deserted to join the Mexican army during the Mexican-American War was an idea by The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney and co-producer Ry Cooder.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.4
Ali & Toumani

Ali & Toumani

by Ali Farka Toure And Toumani Diabate
February 23, 2010
Recorded in 2005, this is the second album from Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, who won a Grammy for their previous effort together. Ali Farka Toure passed away from cancer in 2006.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.5
The Best Of The Black President [Reissue]

The Best Of The Black President [Reissue]

by Fela Kuti
October 26, 2009
The two-disc reissue of the compilation album of some of the most popular songs from the father of Afrobeat is the first of a planned reissue of the Nigerian musician's 45 albums.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
7.5
Light A Candle

Light A Candle

by Forro In The Dark
October 13, 2009
The New York-based group of Brazilians release its second full-length album of music based on the native forro style.
Metascore:
66
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tbd
Warm Heart Of Africa

Warm Heart Of Africa

by The Very Best
October 6, 2009
The debut album for the African artist features guest appearances by M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.2
Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold

by Fool's Gold
September 29, 2009
The Los Angeles-based group led by Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov (and featuring 10 other musicians from such bands as We Are Scientists, the Fall, and Foreign Born) blend African music with indie rock on its debut album.
Metascore:
76
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tbd
Haih...Or Amortecedor

Haih...Or Amortecedor

by Os Mutantes
September 8, 2009
This is the first album of new material in more than 35 years for the Brazilian group.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.4
Television

Television

by Baaba Maal
August 25, 2009
The latest album for the Senegalese musician was produced with Barry Reynolds.
Metascore:
73
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Imidiwan: Companions

Imidiwan: Companions

by Tinariwen
June 29, 2009
This is the fourth album for the African band.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Espoi

Espoi

by Hermas Zopoula
May 19, 2009
The debut album on Ashmatic Kitty for the African artist, who sings in four languages on the 2-disc set.
Metascore:
61
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Welcome To Mali

Welcome To Mali

by Amadou & Mariam
March 24, 2009
The African duo met at a school for the blind and have since written a song for the 2006 World Cup and their latest album features production by Damon Albarn.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.1
Thank You Very Quickly

Thank You Very Quickly

by Extra Golden
March 10, 2009
The third album for the band that includes members from Kenya and the United States.
Metascore:
76
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tbd
Day By Day

Day By Day

by Femi Kuti
November 18, 2008
The son of Afobeat legend Fela Kuti releases his latest album which features more piano and trumpet.
Metascore:
73
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tbd
In A Town Called Addis

In A Town Called Addis

by Dub Colossus
October 7, 2008
Trans-Global Underground's Nick Page gathered a group of Ethiopian musicians to record this album that mixes African and dub reggae music.
Metascore:
79
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tbd
In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic

In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic

by Kasai Allstars
July 15, 2008
The latest album for the supergroup of 25 musicians from the Democratic Republic of the Congo features both traditional and contemporary instruments.
Metascore:
83
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tbd
Hera Ma Nono

Hera Ma Nono

by Extra Golden
October 9, 2007
This is the sophomore album for the Kenyan and American group.
Metascore:
75
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tbd
La Radiolina

La Radiolina

by Manu Chao
September 4, 2007
After six years, Manu Chao releases his fourth studio album in the U.S.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.9
5:55

5:55

by Charlotte Gainsbourg
April 24, 2007
Nigel Godrich produced this second album for the French singer and actress (and daughter of the legendary Serge Gainsbourg), with Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon and Air also lending a hand.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.6
Security

Security

by Antibalas
March 6, 2007
Tortoise's John McEntire produced this fourth album for the New York-based Afrobeat outfit.
Metascore:
75
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tbd
Vieux Farka Toure

Vieux Farka Toure

by Vieux Farka Touré
February 13, 2007
This is the debut album for the son of the late Mali musician Ali Farka Toure.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.5
Ce

Ce

by Caetano Veloso
January 23, 2007
The Brazilian superstar takes a stab at rock, backed by a much younger band and co-production by his son, Moreno.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Savane

Savane

by Ali Farka Toure
July 25, 2006
'Savane' is the final album from the acclaimed guitarist from Mali, who died in March 2006 after a three-decade recording career which found him injecting American blues into traditional African music.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.4
Lunatico

Lunatico

by Gotan Project
April 11, 2006
A Frenchman, a Swiss and an Argentine walked into a band, and the result was the tango-tronica sound of Gotan Project, who return with a follow-up to their 2002 debut.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.4
Estudando o Pagode

Estudando o Pagode

by Tom Zé
April 11, 2006
Experimental Brazilian artist Tom Ze, now nearing 70 years old, continues to challenge with this concept album about the struggles of women in a male-dominated world.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8
Congotronics 2: Buzz'N'Rumble From The Urb'N'Jungle

Congotronics 2: Buzz'N'Rumble From The Urb'N'Jungle

by Various Artists
February 21, 2006
Following on the heels of one of 2005's best-reviewed world music discs is this second installment in the Congotronics series of electronica-esque African music, this time featuring the work of Konono No. 1 plus six additional (but similar) artists from Kinshasa.
Metascore:
81
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tbd
Timeless

Timeless

by Sergio Mendes
February 14, 2006
The legendary Brazilian artist makes a Santana-style comeback for his first album in eight years, teaming with the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and a variety of pop, hip-hop and R&B stars, including Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, Black Though, John Legend and more.
Metascore:
60
User Score:
6.5
Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound

Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution In Sound

by Various Artists
February 13, 2006
This 19-song compiliation from the esteemed Soul Jazz label includes tracks by Os Mutantes, Tom Ze and Caetano Veloso.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.3