Best World Music Albums of 2021


World Music Central presents the best world music albums of 2021 selected by its publishers and contributors.

Daryana Antipova (Russia)

San Salvador – La Grande Folie – La Grande Folie / Pagans / MDC
Mahsa Vahdat – Light up the night – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Staritsa – Klyukva – CPL-music
Khöömei Beat – Changys Baglaash – ARC Music
Various artists – Henna: Young female voices from Palestine – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Witches Camp (Ghana) – I forgot who I was – Six Degrees
Danyèl Waro – Tinn Tout – Cobalt / Buda Music
Dalinda – Átjárók – Fonó
Vedan Kolod – Gorodische – CPL-music
Tania Saleh – 10 AD – Kirkelig Kulturverksted

These albums made this year special for me: some of them that I listened to in the hospital while awaiting delivery, some of them helped me through the first 3 months with newborn Yaroslav , some that I have reviewed and received a lot of positive comments and some are just awesome!”- Daryana.

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Madanmohan Rao (India)

Samba Touré – Binga – Glitterbeat
Shujaat Husain Khan, Katayoun Goudarzi, Shaho Andalibi & Shariq Mustafa – This Pale – Lycopode
Various Artists – Cameroon Garage Funk – Analog Africa
Angélique Kidjo – Mother Nature – Decca
Femi Kuti & Made Kuti – Legacy + – Partisan
Las Lloronas – Soaked – Muziekpublique
Various artists – Henna: Young female voices from Palestine – Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Baba Sissoko with Jean-Philippe Rykiel, Madou Sidiki Diabate, Lansiné Kouyaté – Griot Jazz – Caligola
Natacha Atlas – Inside and Out – Wise Music Publishing
Antonis Antoniou – Kkismettin – Ajabu!

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Angel Romero (United States)

Khöömei Beat – Changys Baglaash – ARC Music
Rafiki Jazz – Nduggu Dust – Konimusic
Rubén Blades & The Roberto Delgado Orquesta – Salswing! – Ruben Lames Productions
Namgar – Nayan Navaa – ARC Music
Shujaat Husain Khan, Katayoun Goudarzi, Shaho Andalibi and Shariq Mustafa – This Pale – Lycopod Records
Ogún Afrobeat – Unite – Ogun Afrobeat
Orquestra Afrosinfônica – Orin, a língua dos anjos – Máquina de Louco
Rachel Magoola – Resilience – Songs of Uganda – ARC Music
Petrona Martínez – Ancestors – Chaco World Music
Transglobal Underground – A Gathering of Aliens 2021 – Mule 20

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Author: World Music Central Information Service

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