Ready or not, 2010 is upon us. While revising my list of goals for the new year, I took a minute to look back on 2009 and all the great music that was created throughout the year. Last year, I made a top ten list for 2008 of African music. This year, I'm taking a more expansive approach, including 15 albums and not limiting my selection to any one continent. If you haven't heard any of these albums before, I strongly suggest checking them out:
1. Mulatu Astake & The Heliocentrics-Inspiration Information 3
2. Oumou Sangare-Seya
3. Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara-Tell No Lies
4. Extra Golden-Thank You Very Quickly
5. The Very Best-Warm Heart of Africa
6. Chico Mann-Analog Drift (Muy...Esniqui)
7. Aphrodesia-Precious Commodity
9. Staff Benda Bilili-Tres Tres Fort
10. Pax Nicholas and the Nettey Family-Na Teef Know De Road of Teef
11. Ikebe Shakedown-Hard Steppin'
12. Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada-Coconut Rock
13. The Superpowers-Trance for Nation
14. The Black Seeds-Solid Ground
15. Gokh-Bi System-Voice of the Jeli
Here's to even more great music in 2010!