Tinariwen
Tassili
Mali
Quote: “I go quietly to pay Mizgawa a little visit.”

FOKN Bois meet Irie Maffia Production

The FOKN DunaQuest In Budapest

Ghana/Hungary

Quote: “We see demma Maffia side, but now everything be Irie.”



Seun Kuti

From Africa with Fury: Rise

Nigeria

Quote: “Our ear don’t fool for your words, our stomach still empty.”



Teck-Zilla

Afro J.E.T.S Club Project

Nigeria/Canada

Quote: “No lyrics, just snippets.”

El Rego

El Rego (Re-Issue)

Benin

Quote: “This isn’t the sort of one-world pabulum available in your Whole Foods check-out line.”

Boubacar Traoré

Mali Denhou

Mali

Quote: “There’s all kinds of things in the idea of Midnight.”

Various Artists

Bambara Mystic Soul – “The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979.”

Burkina Faso

Quote: “The record documents a time prior to the military coups.”

Blitz The Ambassador

Native Sun

Ghana/US

Quote: “I don’t know what the future holds.”

Amerigo Gazaway

Fela Soul

US/Nigeria

Quote: “For this one I was basically trying to recreate the Jake One beat using Fela Kuti samples.”

Various Artists

Chief Boima presents Lone Stars: Hipco and Gbema Vol. 1

Liberia

Quote: “After we ate, and the son and his friends performed for the guests, we all sat through a lecture by the politician’s wife on how being a musician wasn’t a serious job.”

If people still bought full albums…we would suggest them buying these 10 from 2011 for their friends — like we did. (List compiled with Sean Jacobs.)