Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Top 10 Albums Of 2011 - Ron Steeds

Ron Steeds is our Sponsorship and Fundraising Coordinator. He is also one of the members of the This Island Earth collective of hosts. This Island Earth is on Sundays from 1 - 4 PM. He is a member of the improvised music collective.

This is my current 10 favourite World Music albums at the moment. Some have been on the list for a while (“Radio Kaboul”; “Terra Nostra” and “Imidiwan:Companions”). Some are relatively new to me (David Dalle turned me on to “Eternal Light” over the past year when he played several pieces on his show – THANK YOU DAVID!). Some replace the previous albums by the same artists (“Gakondo”; “Rising Sun”). Some others could easily be exchanged for other albums by the same artists (Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider’s “Silent City” could easily have been Kayhan Kalhor & Erdal Erzincan’s “The Wind”). All have have sustained my attention over many listens. I’d recommend any of these recordings to anyone who is looking for something a little off-the-beaten-track and appreciates fine musicianship and compelling compositions. In no particular order:

1. Gakondo – Mighty Popo

2. Rising Sun – Souljazz Orchestra

3. Terra Nostra – Savina Yannatou

4. Radio Kaboul – Mahwash

5. Imidiwan: Companions – Tinariwen

6. Eternal Light – Shankar/Zakir Hussain/T.H. Vikku Vinayakram

7. Silent City – Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider

8. Second Nature – Minor Empire

9. Zembrocal Musical – Ernst Reijesger & Groove Lele

10. Lost – Bazar Bla

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