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The 15 Best World Music Albums of 2010

Africa dominated the world music scene in 2010 -- or at least, it dominated Western perceptions of what "world music" might be. That said, the new vinyl archeology could be seen at work in all areas and all eras of recorded music.

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The Best World Music of 2011

The best of this year's world music proves there's energy surging everywhere around music, this human-made fight to find an approximation of the inexpressible.

David Maine and Deanne Sole
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Vieux Farka Touré - "All the Same" (feat. Dave Matthews) Video (PopMatters Premiere)

Afrobeat star Vieux Farka Touré's latest single is "All The Same", in which American jamband favorite Dave Matthews lends vocals to a haunting Touré melody.

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Vieux Farka Touré - "Aigna" (feat. Derek Trucks) MP3 (PopMatters Premiere)

One of Africa's most widely respected young musicians, Vieux Farka Touré releases his third album, which features collaborations with Derek Trucks, Dave Matthews, as well as Touré final collaboration with his father.

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Vieux Farka Touré: Fondo

Fondo is not world music so much as music from the world.

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Vieux Farka Touré: Remixed

These new versions of songs from Vieux Farka Touré's excellent self-titled debut shine with the inspiration of their source material and cohere nicely as an album of world beat electronica.

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Vieux Farka Touré: Vieux Farka Touré

The son of the late Ali Farka Touré carries forth the sound of his father's Malian desert blues on this remarkably assured debut.


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