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Africa, Europe hit high notes on World Music Charts

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African and European bands dominate the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s Top 20 World Music Charts Europe for May. West African and music from the horn of Africa have taken most of the African rankings, while Spain and “middle” Europe fill up most of the rest of the charts. Unfortunately, no bands or compilations from this region made it onto the charts but with the official release of Sound Of Siam 2 on the Soundway last week in London, next month’s chart will, I predict, have at least one album featuring music from Southeast Asia. 

Emmaar by Tinariwen.

Interestingly, Soundway, known for its wonderful compilations of African, Latin and Southeast Asian music from the vinyl vaults of yesteryear, also has an album of contemporary African music on the chart from a current band, Let’s Dance by the London-based Ibibio Sound Machine, which is worth checking out; I’ll be reviewing this album in a later column.

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