The best world music & folk albums of 2016


My Sunday Times choices. Full details here [£]. Once again, there are a couple of discs here that don’t fit neatly into the world/folk categories. But then again, good music is good music: in the age of shuffle mode the barriers are growing less and less relevant.

1 LEYLA McCALLA: A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey (Jazz Village)

2 APPLEWOOD ROAD: Applewood Road (Gearbox)

3 ELZA SOARES: The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos)

4 CHRISTINE SALEM: Larg Pa Lo Kor (Blue Fanal/Zamora)

5 VARIOUS: God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator)

6 PINK MARTINI Je dis oui! (Wrasse)

7 JUDITH OWEN: Somebody’s Child (Twanky)

8 LADY MAISERY: Cycle (RootBeat)

9 BONGA: Recados De Fora (Lusafrica)

10 RANT: Reverie (Make Believe)

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