Around the World – 12 & 14 December 2021


This week my list of the best world music albums in 2021. 

This will be the last show of 2021. For the next three weeks, repeats from earlier in the year.

You might disagree with some of my choices. I hope you do. If you do and have other suggestions contact me here through the blog or comment on the newsletter comment section.

Here are my top 5:

  1. Mon Laferte – SEIS
  2. Alessia Tondo – Sita
  3. Sofia Rei – Umbral Maria
  4. Mazzotta & Pulcinella – Grifon
  5. Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray – Leave the Bones

There are more listed below the running order and embeded Spotify albums.



Part 1

Monsieur Doumani






On Bandcamp

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble Min He Mon Égbé – The One Who Sees Today Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Hanin Alijlah What’s in Store for Me Henna: Young Female Voices from Palestine
Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Raquel Sofia & Fuego (Yo No Quiero Ir A) Chelsea ((I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea) Spanish Model
Jupiter & Okwess


Telejayi (feat. Marcelo D2)


Na Kozonga

On Bandcamp



Gloinne – Glass



On Bandcamp

Justin Adams & Mauro Durante Red Earth Still Moving
Rhiannon Giddens



Amazing Grace (with Francesco Turrisi)


They’re Calling Me Home (with Francesco Turrisi)

On Bandcamp





Abantu / Before Humans

On Bandcamp

Ballaké Sissoko





On Bandcamp

Syssi Mananga Mopepe Mopepe Mama
Balkan Taksim Ușak Ekspresi Disko Telegraf
Mark Lanegan Dust Pneumonia Blues Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dustbowl Ballads
Part 2    
Fanfare Ciocărlia Gypsy Mambo No. 555 It Wasn’t Hard To Love You

On Bandcamp

Albaluna Lauranitza Heptad


On Bandcamp

Ayom Valsa das Estações Ayom

On Bandcamp

Monoswezi Woshanda Shanu
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Pizzica Bhangra (feat. Red Baraat) Meridiana
Khoomei Beat Dembildey

Changys Baglaash

Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan The Parting Glass Still as Your Sleeping

On Bandcamp

Dani Larkin Bloodthirsty Notes For a Maiden Warrior

On Bandcamp

TRU Dúlamán No Fixed Abode

On Bandcamp

Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray Ogou (Pran Ka Mwen) Leave the Bones

On Bandcamp

Maria Mazzotta & Pulcinella Diavoletto indiavolato Grifon

On Bandcamp

Sofia Rei Un Mismo Cielo Umbral

On Bandcamp

Alessia Tondo Pacenza Sita
Mon Laferte & Gloria Trevi La Mujer SEIS


My Top 5 Albums 2021

Mon Laferte – SEIS

Alessia Tondo – Sita

Sofia Rei – Umbral Maria

Mazzotta & Pulcinella – Grifon

Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray – Leave the Bones

The Next 5 (+1)

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Meridiana

Monoswezi – Shanu

Khoomei Beat – Changys Baglaash

Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan – Still as Your Sleeping

Dani Larkin – Notes For a Maiden Warrior

TRU – No Fixed Abode

The Next 10

Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble – Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble

Onipa Tapes of Utopia (Mixtape)

Rhiannon Giddens – They’re Calling Me Home (with Francesco Turrisi)

Jupiter & Okwess – Na Kozonga

Whyte – Maim

Justin Adams & Mauro Durante – Still Moving

Ballaké Sissoko – Djourou

Syssi Mananga – Mopepe Mama

Various – Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dustbowl Ballads

Various – Henna: Young Female Voices from Palestine

AyoM – AyoM

Albaluna – Heptad

And more

Balkan Taksim – Disko Telegraf

Namgar Nayan – Navaa

Tirana All Stars – Tirana 100

AuRora – Gisela João

Charis Alexiou – Horizonte 2

Christine Salem – Mersi

Femi Kuti + Made Kuti – Legacy

Kady Diarra – Burkina Hakili

Ben Aylon – Xalem

Mamans du Congo & Rrobin – Mamans du Congo & Rrobin

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Suba

Rachel Magoola Resilience: Songs of Uganda

Puuluup – Viimane Suusataja

Various – Great Tunes from the World Music Charts Europe


The top albums on Spotify












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