Music critics and special guest at World Music Central today unveiled their list of the world’s best music albums of 2014. Although a handful of albums were released before 2014 in some territories, release schedules vary. from one territory to another and the majority of these recordings were published inRead More →

Magda Giannikou and one of his accomplices from his Banda Magda. Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle legend Courtesy of the artist Magda Giannikou and one of his accomplices from his Banda Magda. Courtesy of the artist “World music” can mean just about anything. The tracks of the FrenchRead More →

The following are the 10 favorite albums of 2012 chosen by Todd Martens, a member of the Times pop team: 1. Frank Ocean, “Channel Orange” (Def Jam). It’s definitely Ocean’s moment, with its Grammy nominations and the romantic topicality of its songs, but “Channel Orange” has also been a wake-upRead More →

Mokoomba, an emerging young group of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle legend Courtesy of the artist Mokoomba, an emerging young group of Tonga musicians from Zimbabwe Courtesy of the artist This list is almost entirely African, taken from my work this year with AfropopRead More →