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Tcheka: Nu Monda

This is not the usual story of a traditional music gone global; instead, Tcheka's album narrates the survival of traditional rhythms in the face of increasing globalization.

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Taylor Mills: Lullagoodbye

With her country charm and honest lyrics Taylor Mills proves a refreshing change from pop tarts such as Britney Spears.

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra: United We Swing

Few Latin bands are as able to convey the same amount of energy as this large New York ensemble.

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Various Artists: World Circuit Presents

Eschewing chronology for style, World Circuit manages to create a coherent yet deliciously eclectic mix.

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Various Artists: Bodo Riddim

One riddim, a roster of well-respected reggae veterans and new generation greats.

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Angelique Kidjo: Djin Djin

Kidjo's latest can only be described as the performance of a "global moment" -- a turning or meeting point that calls attention to gargantuan forces that affect any and all locations.

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Dervish: Spirit

Dervish's delicate balancing act, which is as amenable to live performance as much as it is the recording studio, is rounded out with Cathy Jordan's lilting vocals.

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Various Artists: Putumayo World Party

World Party fits in perfectly with Putumayo's canon and its commitment to multiculturalism.

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Various Artists: 20 Ways to Float Through Walls

From the left, from the right, from the bottom up, or the top to the bottom: anything goes on this full-bodied compilation, which presents a diversity of sounds from at least 15 different countries.

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Femi Kuti: The Definitive Collection

One can never tire of hearing Femi's unique fusion of traditional African rhythms, jazz, soul, R&B, hip-hop and modern dance.

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Zeb: Stop the Earth, I Want to Get Off!

Stop the Earth is no more and no less than an exercise in hybridity, that is, a fusion of two or more musical forms that communicates the movement of peoples, goods and cultural ideas across increasingly porous borders.

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Various Artists: Eden: Global Chill from Six Degrees

Global Dancefloor exchanges the tedious exotica of Eden for the more self-reflexive border language of upbeat, global electronica.

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Ibrahim Ferrer: Mi Sueño

The youthful vitality at the heart of the bolero is definitively within his grasp, and suggests that it is the oldest singers who might have the most to offer in a world frequently overwhelmed by disingenuous interpretations of romantic sentiment.

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Various Artists: Johnny Greenwood Is the Controller

Greenwood's selection from and interpretation of reggae's varied journeys around the world is successful, largely because it invites us to move beyond the surface mainstream to take a closer look at what is often overlooked.

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Zaman 8 & Hafez Modir: Suryaghati EP 2

Its groovy yet sedate mix of diverse, international styles is bound to please the "planeterized" listener.

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Astrid Williamson: Day of the Lone Wolf

Williamson bodies forth sounds that haunt rather than overwhelm the somber quiet of ordinary landscapes. It sets her apart from pop's upstarts.

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Various Artists: The Kings of Reggae

The influences here are diverse and insinuate that reggae is a collaborative effort.

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Various Artists: Backspin: A Six Degrees 10 Year Anniversary Project

There is pleasure in hearing our favourite songs "indigenized" by artists who, thanks to the proliferation of independent music labels, are made readily available at mainstream music retailers.

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Rankin Scroo: Godfada

The self-proclaimed founder and originator of "Jawaiian" music goes solo with Godfada, an album that not only reinforces Rankin' Scroo's image of himself as a pioneer but also serves to introduce audiences to "Urban Reggae".

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Joseph Israel: Gone Are the Days

For Israel, who is a practicing Rastafarian, social reform goes hand in hand with the worship of the Rastafarian messiah Jah.

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The Frames: The Cost

One cannot argue that The Frames' tendency to wallow in personal pain, at the expense of more politically pressing issues, breaks new ground.

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Turbulence: Do Good

It is not that Turbulence does anything new; it is that he does it well. This is a freedom train you definitely want to board.

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