EOY List Aggregate: 2016 New Music

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Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Elza Soares: A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo (Mais Um Discos) {37}: Bc:14, Btz:36, CM:14, DW:15, FB:+, FR:11, JG:+, Ms:30, Pf:32, PO:12, Re:48, RSc:42, Rx:23; afp:+, aqd:+, crk:23, jy:15, ny_p:10, sl_w:++, te:+, tw:+ -- V:96-77-8, RC:A, TH:A-
  2. Shirley Collins: Lodestar (Domino) {29}: Bk:83, Bw:51, FR:1, LW:33, MO:16, No:47, Qt:5, RSc:104, U:27, W:2; aqd:+, d_jb:+, sa:10 -- AY:93, V:383-20-3, TH:***
  3. Tanya Tagaq: Retribution (Six Shooter) {29}: DW:46, Ex:11, FB:+, PO:+, Rx:29, TS:36; av:+, db:+, fa:+, jy:68, mw:2, pb:5, rs_a:8, sl_w:++, v_m:+ -- AY:43, V:179-45-4, RC:A-, TH:A-
  4. Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (Glitterbeat) {28}: FB:90, FR:13, IT:19, JG:+, LR:33, MO:31, NPR:26, Qt:76, Rdx:49, RSc:11, Rx:53, TG:76, W:7; afp:+, sl_w:+ -- V:213-39-4, RC:A-, TH:***
  5. Bombino: Azel (Partisan) {27}: CM:44, FB:+, FR:16, JG:+, NH:67, PM:57, PO:19, Re:46, TG:25, Wat:18; afp:+, pb:8, pm_w:+ -- AY:162, V:183-44-4, MT:A-, RC:**, TH:***
  6. Konono No 1/Batida: Konono No 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs) {24}: DW:6, FB:+, FR:+, JG:+, NH:31, PO:+, Rx:39; jy:35, ub:+ -- V:671-10-2, MT:A-, RC:A-, TH:A-
  7. Youssou N'Dour: Senegaal Rekk (Prince Arts -EP) {22}: DW:52, NH:8, Rx:8, YF:39; jy:1, tw:8 -- V:383-20-3, RC:A, TH:A-
  8. Aly Keita/Jan Galega Bronnimann/Lucas Niggli: Kalo-Yele (Intakt) {15}: JC:+, JG:+; jds:9, jem:9, rsp:9, tw:6 -- V:355-24-2, RC:***, TH:A
  9. Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids: We Be All Africans (Strut) {14}: FB:+, OTR:38, Qt:47, RM:70, VF:30, W:24; aqd:+, blg:+, tr_j:1 -- TH:***
  10. Aziza Brahim: Abbar El Hamada (Glitterbeat) {12}: Btz:49, FB:+, FR:4; afp:+, db:++ -- V:539-15-1, TH:**
  11. Tom Ze: Cancoes Eroticas de Ninar (self-released) {12}: FB:+, PO:+, Rx:78 -- V:678-10-1, RC:A-, TH:A-
  12. Rokia Traore: Ne So (Nonesuch) {9}: Btz:39, FB:+, TG:66; bg_m:9, pm_w:+ -- V:317-25-3, MT:B+
  13. Zomba Prison Project: I Will Not Stop Singing (Six Degrees) {9}: FB:+; afp:+, pm_w:+ -- V:678-10-1+V:678-10-1, RC:***, TH:**
  14. The Klezmatics: Apikorsim/Heretics (World Village) {8}: pm_w:+ -- V:678-10-1, RC:B+, TH:***
  15. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil: Dois Amigos: Um Seculo de Musica: Multishow Live (Nonesuch -15) {8}: FB:+, JG:+, PO:+, TG:57; afp:+, pm_w:+, te:+ -- V:1246-9-1
  16. Debo Band: Ere Gobez (FPE) {7}: FB:+, JG:+; afp:+ -- RC:B+, TH:*
  17. Imarhan: Imarhan (City Slang) {7}: Bc:54, FB:+, Rdx:39, RM:26, RT:99; pm_w:+ -- V:678-10-1
  18. Camila Meza: Traces (Sunnyside) {7}: JC:56; jdb:5, jgg:+, jjc:9, ph:+, pm_j:9 -- TH:B
  19. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis: Nyn (Riverboat) {6}: FB:+, FR:2; pm_w:+
  20. Susso: Keira (Soundway) {6}: FB:+, VF:3 -- TH:*
  21. La Yegros: Magnetismo (Soundway) {6}: JG:+; afp:+, bg_m:7 -- TH:***
  22. Fumaca Preta: Impuros Fanaticos (Soundway) {5}: FB:+, RT:85; phw:3 -- TH:*
  23. Gambari Band: Kokuma (Membran Media) {5}: JG:+ -- TH:A-
  24. Sarathy Korwar: Day to Day (Ninja Tune) {5}: FB:+, TG:74; am:+, ex_i:9 -- V:1363-6-1
  25. Alsarah & the Nubatones: Manara () {4}: Bc:75, TG:43; bg_m:5
  26. Family Atlantica: Cosmic Unity (Soundway) {4}: JG:+, LW:25, OS:50 -- TH:*
  27. Fanfare Ciocarlia: Onwards to Mars! (Asphalt Tango) {4}: NH:62 -- TH:***
  28. Kel Assouf: Tikounen (Igloo) {4}: JG:+, PO:34 -- TH:**
  29. Luisa Maita: Fio Da Memoria (Cumbancha) {4}: FB:+, JG:+; pm_w:+, sfj:+
  30. Meta Meta: MM3 (Planet Woo) {4}: FB:+; sfj:++, v_m:+
  31. Youssou N'Dour: Africa Rekk () {4}: DF:+, NF:55 -- RC:**
  32. Orkesta Mendoza: ¡Vamos A Guarachar! (Glitterbeat) {4}: Bc:43, FR:19 -- V:1276-8-1
  33. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno: 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts) {4}: FB:+, JG:+ -- TH:**
  34. Ukandanz: Awo (Buda Musique) {4}: DW:70, FB:+, JG:+ -- TH:*
  35. Dhafer Youssef: Diwan of Beauty and Odd (OKeh!) {4}: JW:17; jad:+, ph:23 -- TH:B
  36. Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra: Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra (Glitterbeat) {3}: FB:+, JG:+; pm_w:+
  37. Amanar: Tumastin (Sahel Sounds) {3}: YW:11 -- TH:*
  38. A-WA: Habib Galbi (S-Curve) {3}: FB:+, NPR:23 -- V:252-32-3
  39. J Balvin: Energia (Capitol Latin) {3}: BB:24, RS_Ar:17
  40. Anthony Joseph: Caribbean Roots () {3}: FB:+, TG:13
  41. Baaba Maal: The Traveller (Knitting Factory) {3}: FB:+, JG:+, TG:71}
  42. Anoushka Shankar: Land of Gold (Deutsche Grammophon) {3}: FR:+; bg_m:+, sdu:9
  43. Dele Sosimi Meets Prince Fatty & Nostalgia 77: You No Fit Touch Am in Dub (Wah Wah 45s) {3}: FB:69 -- TH:**
  44. Ilya Toshinsky: Red Grass () {3}: TG:8
  45. Elage Diouf: Melokaane (Pump Up the World -15) {2}: afp:+ -- V:1246-9-1, [TH:A-]
  46. Tashi Dorji & Shane Parish: Expecting () {2}: TG:88; sfj:+
  47. Sahra Halgan Trio: Faransiskiyo Somaliland (Buda) {2}: FB:+; afp:+
  48. ILe: iLevitable (Sony) {2}: BB:43; ab:+
  49. Los Hacheros: Bambulaye (Chulo) {2}: JG:+; afp:+
  50. Mexrrissey: No Manchester (Cooking Vinyl) {2}: PO:+ -- TH:*
  51. Thiago Nassif: Tres (CDBaby) {2}: FB:12
  52. Phyno: The Playmaker () {2}: bg_m:4
  53. Sidestepper: Supernatural Love (Real World) {2}: -- RC:*, TH:*
  54. Systema Solar: Rumbo A Tierra (Flowfish) {2}: Th:17
  55. Tinariwen: Live in Paris (Anti- -14) {2}: Rx:83; jy:63 -- [RC:A-, TH:A-]
  56. Mohamed Abozekry: Karkade (Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi) {1}: afp:+
  57. Al Jawala: Hypnophonic () {1}: TG:97
  58. Alma Afrobeat Ensemble: It's Time (Slow Walk/Benelux) {1}: FB:+
  59. E Arenas: Nariz () {1}: ab:+
  60. Mulatu Astatke + Black Jesus Experience: Cradle of Humanity (BJX) {1}: FB:+
  61. Yishak Banjaw: Love Songs Vol 2 (Terenga Beat) {1}: afp:+
  62. Bisa Kdei: Break Through (BLMC) {1}: afp:+
  63. Ricky Blaze: Conquer the Moment (FME) {1}: LP:27
  64. Saulo Duarte e a Unidade: Cine Ruptura (Ybmusic) {1}: FB:+
  65. Tiken Jah Fakoly: Racines (Universal) {1}: afp:+
  66. Graveola E O Lixo Polifonico: Camaleao Borboleta (Mais Um Discos) {1}: afp:+
  67. Osei Korankye: Seperewa of Ghana: Emmere Nhyina Nse (Akwaaba Music) {1}: afp:+
  68. Mohammed Lamouri: MOMOstLAMOURI Tape (Lamouri) {1}: FB:+
  69. Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Madjafalao (Because Music) {1}: afp:+
  70. Luka Productions: Mali Kady (Sahel) {1}: FB:+
  71. Ibrahim Maalouf: Black Light (Impulse) {1}: afp:+
  72. Malawi Mouse Boys: Forever Is 4 You (Omnivore) {1}: FB:+
  73. Mariza: Mundo (Nonesuch) {1}: jng:+
  74. Rocky Marsiano: Meu Kamba Vol Dois (Akwaaba) {1}: afp:+
  75. Natalie McMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas (Linus) {1}: db:+
  76. The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc: Deliverance () {1}: TG:63
  77. Reik: Des/Amor (Sony Mexico) {1}: BB:48
  78. Rizan Said: King of Keyboard () {1}: ab:+
  79. Sokratis Sinopoulos: Eight Winds () {1}: TG:52
  80. Soum Bill: Zougloumanity () {1}: bg_m:8
  81. Terra Sangue Mare [Michela Musolino/Michael Delia/Fabio Turchetti]: Terra Sangue Mare (self-released) {1}: pm_w:+
  82. Thalia: Latina () {1}: ab:+
  83. Tiwa Savage: RED (Mavin) {1}: afp:+
  84. Vaudou Game: Kidayu (Hot Casa) {1}: afp:+
  85. Papa Wemba: Forever De Generation En Generation () {1}: bg_m:10
  86. Tom Ze: Vira Lata Na Via Lactea (self-released -14) {1}: PO:+ -- W[RC:A-, TH:A-]

Notes

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