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Otto: Certa Manhã Acordei de Sonhos Intranquilos
  • Otto: Certa Manhã Acordei de Sonhos Intranquilos
Friday night I'll be joining Radio M host Tony Sarabia for the entirety of his WBEZ show, which runs from 9 till 11 PM. We'll be discussing and playing music from our favorite international releases of 2009, including both new stuff and reissues. I'll return to my Top 40 of 2009 countdown tomorrow. My 20 favorite international releases are listed after the jump, along with my ten fave reissues.

1. Otto, Certa Manhã Acordei de Sonhos Intranquilos (Nublu)
2. Buika & Chucho, El Ultima Trago (Warner Music Latino)
3. A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Délivrance (Leaf)
4. Tinariwen, Imidiwan: Companions (World Village)
5. Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics, Inspiration Information 3 (Strut)
6. Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, Tell No Lies (Real World)
7. Warsaw Village Band, Infinity (Barbés)
8. Nils Økland, Monograph (ECM)
9. Staff Benda Bilili, Très Très Fort (Crammed Discs)
10. Lucas Santtana, Sem Nostalgia (YB Music)
11. Group Bombino, Guitars From Agadez, Vol. 2 (Sublime Frequencies)
12. Hassan Haffar, The Aleppo Suites (Institut du Monde Arabe)
13. Céu, Vagarosa (Six Degrees)
14. Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali (Because/Nonesuch)
15. Rokia Traore, Tchamantche (Nonesuch)
16. Caetano Veloso, Zii e Zie (Universal, Brasil)
17. Culture Musical Club, Shime! (World Village)
18. Oumou Sangare, Seya (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
19. Mamane Barka, Introducing Mamane Barka (Introducing)
20. Bomba Estereo, Blow Up (Nacional)

Reissues, in no particular order:

Various artists, Legends of Benin (Analog Africa)
Various artists, Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81 (Soundway)
Mulatu Astatke, New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 (Strut)
Franco & Le TPOK Jazz, Francophonic Vol. 2 (Sterns)
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, Echos Hypnotiques (Analog Africa)
Various artists, Panama 3 (Soundway)
Various artists, Tumbele (Soundway)
Various artists, Ouaga Affair: Hard Won Sound of the Upper Volta 1974-1978 (Savannahphone)
Jorge Ben: Salve, Jorge! (Universal, Brazil)
Various artists, Zanzibara 5—Hot in Dar, 1978-1983 (Buda)

Today’s playlist:

The Dutchess & the Duke, Sunset/Sunrise (Hardly Art)
Nadia Ratsimandresy & Matteo Ramon Arevalos, Messiaen et Autor de Messiaen for Onde Martenot and Piano (ReR)
Marcus Strickland Trio, Idiosyncrasies (Strick Muzik)
Orchestra Baobab, La Belle Epoque (Syllart)
Victor Herrero, Anacoreta (Bo’Weavil)