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My last year-end music list from 2011, I promise


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Marcelo Camelo: Toque Dela
  • Marcelo Camelo: Toque Dela
Like it or not, and even though it's almost February, I've got one more year-end list for you. If it helps, you can see it less as a list and more as a road map for this evening's episode of WBEZ's Radio M. I'll join host Tony Sarabia for the full two hours, and we'll both play some of our favorite international music from 2011, both new and reissued. The show airs tonight from 9-11 PM on 91.5 FM. After the jump, my picks in both categories, many of which I'll spin tonight.

Favorite new albums:

1. Marcelo Camelo, Toque Dela (Universal, Brazil)

2. Tinariwen, Tassili (Anti-)

3. Nils Okland & Sigbjorn Apeland, Lysøen—Hommage à Ole Bull (ECM)

4. Bombino, Agadez (Cumbancha)

5. Domenico, Cine Privê (Coqueiro Verde)

6. Group Doueh, Zanya Jumma (Sublime Frequencies)

7. A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Cervantine (L.M. Dupli-cation)

8. Thaís Gulin, ôÔÔôôÔôÔ (Slap)

9. Cheikh Lo, Jamm (World Circuit/Nonesuch)

10. Sevara Nazarkhan, Tortadur (Sevara Music)

11. Mariza, Fado Tradicional (Four Quarters)

12. Cimarron, Joropo Music From the Plains of Colombia (Smithsonian Folkways)

13. Rosaria la Tremendita, A Tiempo (World Village)

14. Gal Costa, Recanto (Universal, Brazil)

15. Various artists, The Karindula Sessions (Crammed Discs)

16. Adriana Calcanhotto, O Micróbio do Samba (Minha Música/Sony)

17. Alireza Ghorbani & Dorsaf Hamdani, Rapture: The Rite of Khayyam (Accords Croises)

18. Susana Baca, Afrodiaspora (Luaka Bop)

19. Hanggai, He Who Travels Far (Four Quarters)

20. Beihdja Rahal, In the Mood for the Nuba (Institut du Monde Arabe)

Reissues (in no particular order):

Ebo Taylor, Life Stories (Strut)

Guelewar, Halleli N'Dakarou (Teranga Beat)

Various artists, Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 (Analog Africa)

Various artists, Cartagena: Curro Fuentes & the Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound of Colombia 1962-1972 (Soundway)

Sorry Bamba, Volume One: 1970-1979 (Thrill Jockey)

Carlos Paredes, Guitarra Portuguesa (Drag City)

Various artists, Bachata Roja: Amor y Amargue (IASO)

Various artists, Opika Pende (Dust-to-Digital)

Ilaiyaraaja, Solla Solla (B-Music/Finders Keepers)

Various artists, The Original Sound of Cumbia (Soundway)

Today's playlist:

Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin' (Columbia)
Various artists, Theme Time Radio Hour Season 2 (Ace)
Billy Stewart, One More Time (Chess)
Rio 3, Valley Samba (What Music)
Domenic Landolf, New Brighton (Pirouet)