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01 Moonlight Benjamin ‘Wayo’ 02 Ali Farka Touré ‘Sambadio (Acoustic)’ 03 Bantu Spaceship ‘Bantu Electro Sung ura’

04 Catriona Price ‘Hert ’ 05 Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy ‘Offering’

06 Bengt Berger ‘Todi Children’ 07 Kożuch, Joanna Skowrońska, Róża

Martyna Grabowska ‘Drużby’ 08 King Ayisoba ‘Bossi Labome’

09 Juni Habel ‘Chicory ’ 10 Hagai Bilit zky ‘Naama’

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01 Moonlight Benjamin ‘ Wayo’ From Wayo on Ma Case This blues-rock track opens with Zeppelinesque guitars, talismanic rhythms and Moonlight Benjamin’s wailing vocals, and maintains its intensi throughout. Hypnotic and captivating. See p46

06 Bengt Berger ‘Todi Children’ From Cool Funeral Beer– Day1: The Creation of the Final Ancestor Shrine on Country & Eastern An assortment of world music s les (including jazz, African rhythms and Indian classical) converge on this innovative take on Ghanaian ritual music. See p60

02 Ali Farka Touré ‘Sambadio (Acoustic)’ From Voyageuron World Circuit Records An acoustic cut from the Malian master, featuring a steady rhythm over which Ali’s gentle voice and guitar riff soar. Intermittent choral harmonies tie the track together perfectly. See p44

03 Bantu Spaceship ‘Bantu Electro Sungura’ From Bantu Spaceshipon Nyami Nyami Records Jit, chimurenga and Ndebele chants collide on this Afrofuturist disco tune from the Zimbabwean duo made up of producer Joshua Madalitso Chiundiza and singer Ulenni Okandlovu. See p42

07 Kożuch, Joanna Skowrońska, Róża Mar…na Grabowska ‘Drużby’ From Chłopi: Wesele Boryny(The Peasants: The BorynyWedding) on Muzyka Zakorzeniona Extraordinary recreations of traditional Polish wedding music. See p52

08 King Ayisoba ‘Bossi Labome’ From WorkHard on Glitterbeat Records Get ready to dance to this infectious hustle as King Ayisoba’s shamanic vocals and caustic lyrics mingle with his eclectic synth deployments and electronic effects. See p43

04 Catriona Price ‘Hert’ From Hert on Orange Feather Records A Kevin Cormack poem recited by multiple voices against the background of rhythmic fiddle, so– vocals and plucked strings. A stirring and exciting homage to Price’s Orkney home. See p53

05 Trina Basu & Arun Ramamurthy ‘Offering’ From Nakshatra on SPINSTER Two violins weave together on this enchantingly reflective track; transcendent textures of bow on string make for a cerebral and sensorial experience. See p56

09 Juni Habel ‘Chicory’ From Carvings on Basin Rock Habel’s fragile, wavering voice leads this gently-plucked composition. Beautiful harmonies and echoes rise over acoustic guitar in a winding, poignant reflection on pain. See p50

10 Hagai Bilitzky ‘Naama’ From New Sound of the Middle East on Cruvit Masterful ney (flute), oud, sitar and percussion beguile while Bilitzky’s double bass grounds the swirling sounds of his six-piece band with a steady, solid rhythm. See p58

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