Albums of the year: World (One)
Sunday 26 December 2010
It's been the year of the compilation in so-called world music. On the retro side, there was the alternative trance of Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91. Then there was the Next Stop... Soweto series which were the best South African township jive (and much else) collections in decades. And for some majestically off-beat tango you can't go wrong with the Mañana label's best-of Mañana, El Tango – Perlas del Label.
Sadly, 2010 also saw the last indispensable double-CD collection from the wonderful Charlie Gillett, who tragically died in March. Anywhere on this Road was the usual unpredictable mix of the traditional and the more challenging. But by far the most thrilling contemporary collection was Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! This was as comprehensive a guide to the current music scene in Brazil as you could get in 40 tracks.
I'd be surprised if you found my final choice on anyone else's end-of-the-year round-ups, as when I came across Delaney Davidson in the summer he was playing before of an audience of approximately 15. However, just like me they were all captivated. So if the idea of a Waits-ish, Dylan-ish one-man-band appeals, then do check out his debut, Self Decapitation.
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
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Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget