EOY List Aggregate: 2017 New Music

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Some breakdowns by genre:

Ranking

  1. Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (Nonesuch/World Circuit) {34}: CM:46, DW:63, FR:8, MR:22, PO:3, RM:10; am_w:+, hmv:+, pi:9, xde:2, xeb:10, xgm:4, xjl:2, xtw:3 -- VV:95--81, RC:A-, TH:A-
  2. Oumou Sangare: Mogoya (No Format) {20}: FR:5, Mj:38, Mrg:18, NPR:45, PO:84; bbc:+, pm_w:6, sdu:3 -- RC:B+TH:A-
  3. Tinariwen: Elwan (Anti-) {19}: AY:51, DT:14, Fp:8, PO:76, U:54; am_w:+, bbc:+, hmv:+, pm_w:8, v:+ -- RC:**, TH:A-
  4. Ibibio Sound Machine: Uyai (Merge) {17}: AY:131, Bc:98, Ne:29, PM:48, PO:2, RT:99; hmv:+, pm_w:2, xpb:9 -- RC:**, TH:**
  5. Les Amazones d'Afrique: Republique Amazone (RealWorld) {17}: G:46, PO:25, VF:4; pm_w:1 -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  6. Juana Molina: Halo (Crammed Discs) {17}: AY:21, Bc:23, DS:10, G:34, LR:51, U:17, W:26; ab:+, am:+, am_i:+, aqd:+, npr_h:8 -- VV:97--78, TH:*
  7. Songhoy Blues: Resistance (Fat Possum) {17}: AY:91, Bc:66, Bq:56, Dr:77, Fp:66, Gw:48, LBF:24, Mj:23, RM:24, RS:31, RT:97, St:31; bbc:+, hmv:+, sdu:7, wk:8 -- TH:**
  8. Arto Lindsay: Cuidado Madame (Northern Spy) {15}: CM:24, DW:82, HV:19, Mrg:34, PO:46; es_r:+, sl_w:+ -- RC:***, TH:A-
  9. Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet: Ladilikan (World Circuit) {15}: Fp:87, FR:1, G:50, NPR:42, PO:72, RT:87, U:43, VF:46; aqd:+, sdu:14, xde:4, xgm:8, xscw:10 -- RC:A-, TH:*
  10. Omar Souleyman: To Syria With Love (Mad Decent) {12}: C:35, YW:14; pm_w:4 -- RC:B+, TH:A-
  11. Lost Bayou Ramblers: Kalenda (Rice Pump) {11}: PO:4; ob:5, scm:+ -- TH:A-
  12. Shakira: El Dorado (Sony Latin Music) {10}: Fu:8, Id:2 -- TH:***
  13. Youssou N'Dour: Seeni Valeurs (Jive/Epic) {9}: xeb:3 -- RC:B+, TH:A-
  14. Awa Poulo: Poulo Warali (Awesome Tapes From Africa) {9}: DW:71, VF:19; aqd:+ -- RC:B+, TH:**
  15. Tamikrest: Kidal (Glitterbeat) {9}: Mj:32, PO:54; hmv:+, pm_w:3 -- RC:**, TH:**
  16. Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indomita (del Sahara Occidental) (Nubenegra) {8}: PO:61 -- RC:A-, TH:***
  17. Kondi Band: Salone (Strut) {8}: rs_e:4 -- RC:***, TH:***
  18. Youssou N'Dour: Raxas Bercy 2017 (self-released) {8}: -- RC:A-, TH:A-
  19. Brooklyn Raga Massive: Terry Riley in C (Northern Spy) {7}: BIW:3, JC:+, W:29; aqd:+
  20. Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste: Around Felicite (Crammed Discs) {7}: xism:9 -- RC:A-, TH:**
  21. Orchestre Les Mangelepa: Last Band Standing (Strut) {7}: SR:25; xjm:2 -- TH:A-
  22. Girma Beyene & Akale Wube: Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes on Purpose (Buda Musique) {6}: FR:19 -- TH:A-
  23. Chronixx: Chronology (Soul Circle Music) {6}: MA:11, RS:48 -- RC:**, TH:*
  24. Dalava: The Book of Transfigurations (Songlines) {6}: CM:73, Mrg:8, PO:60 -- TH:*
  25. Fabiano Do Nascimento: Tempo dos Mestres (Now-Again) {5}: VF:29; ab:+, pm_w:10 -- TH:**
  26. Pierre Kwenders: Makanda at the End of Space the Beginning of Time (Bonsound) {5}: Bc:72, LR:89, PO:87; ex_s:10 -- TH:*
  27. Le Filles De Illighadad: Eghass Malan (Sahel Sounds) {5}: Mrg:25, YW:59; aqd:+ -- TH:**
  28. Les Filles De Illighadad: Eghass Malan (Sahelsounds) {5}: -- RC:***, TH:**
  29. Bomba Estereo: Ayo (Sony Music Latin) {4}: am_w:+, kq:+ -- TH:**
  30. Luka Productions: Fasokan (Sahel Sounds) {4}: VF:33; aqd:+ -- TH:**
  31. Romeo Santos: Golden (Sony Latin) {4}: BB:39, HV:17 -- TH:*
  32. Saz'iso: At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Songs (Glitterbeat) {4}: FR:4
  33. Jupiter & Okwess: Kin Sonic (Glitterbeat) {3}: FR:+ -- TH:**
  34. Mon Laferte: La Trenza (Universal) {3}: ab:+, am_w:+, hc_g:+
  35. Natalia LaFourcade: Musas (Columbia) {3}: am_w:+, sdu:8, str:9
  36. Mad Professor/Jah9: Mad Professor Meets Jah9 in the Midst of the Storm (VP) {3}: xjm:7 -- TH:**
  37. Spoek Mathambo: Mzansi Beat Code (TEKA) {3}: xkm:4 -- TH:*
  38. Mdou Moctar: Sousoume Tamachek (Sahel Sounds) {3}: YW:66; nap:+ -- TH:*
  39. Vieux Farka Toure: Samba (Six Degrees) {3}: -- TH:***
  40. Dayme Arocena: Cubafonia (Brownswood) {2}: JC:+, PW:26
  41. Bargou 08: Targ (Glitterbeat) {2}: Qt:81 -- TH:*
  42. Benjamin Biolay: Volver (Barclay) {2}: LR:68; am_w:+
  43. Bokante: Strange Circles (GroundUP Music) {2}: pm_w:5
  44. Canzoniere Grecanico Saleltino: Canzioniere (Ponderosa) {2}: FR:11
  45. IU: Palette (Loen) {2}: Fu:12
  46. Kries: Selo Na Okuke/Village Tracks (Riverboat) {2}: FR:19
  47. Ozomatli: Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra) {2}: am_w:+ -- TH:*
  48. Toko Telo: Toy Raha Toy (Anio) {2}: FR:19
  49. Wizkid: Sounds From the Other Side (Starboy/RCA) {2}: -- TH:**
  50. Rahim AlHag: Letters From Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways) {1}: ab:+
  51. Amadou & Mariam: La Confusion (Because Music) {1}: pm_w:7
  52. Aurelio: Darandi (Real World -16) {1}: FR:+
  53. J Balvin: Energia Lado B (Universal Music Latin) {1}: vib:+
  54. Banda Magda: Tigre (GroundUP Music) {1}: -- TH:*
  55. BTS: Loe Yourself * Her (Bit Hit -EP) {1}: ax:+
  56. Ani Cordero: Querido Mundo (self-released) {1}: am_w:+
  57. Criolo: Espiral De Ilusao (Oloko) {1}: xbs:+
  58. Alex Cuba: Lo Unico Constante (Caracol/Fontana North) {1}: am_w:+
  59. Chano Dominguez: Over the Rainbow (Sunnyside) {1}: am_w:+
  60. Eight Rounds Rapid: Objet D'Art (Cadiz) {1}:
  61. Gateway to Otherwise: Dragon Bus Terminal (Maybe Mars) {1}:
  62. Perfect Giddimani: Live My Life Again (Giddimani) {1}: -- TH:*
  63. Alejandra Guzman/Gloria Trevi: Versus (Universal) {1}: am_w:+
  64. Yasmine Hamdan: Al Jamilat (Ipecac) {1}: bbc:+
  65. Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (Chapter Two) {1}: FR:+
  66. Juanes: Mis Planes Son Amarte (Universal Music Latino) {1}: am_w:+
  67. Kasai Allstars: Felicite Remixes (Crammed Discs) {1}: -- TH:*
  68. La Mambanegra: El Callegueso Y Su Mala Mana (Movimentos) {1}: FR:+
  69. Betsayda Machado & Parranda El Clavo: Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree (Odelia) {1}: ny_u:17
  70. Meta Meta: MM3 (Gonna Gringa Discos) {1}: dw:8
  71. Dona Onete: Banzeiro (Na Music -16) {1}: FR:+
  72. Quantic and Nidia Gongora: Curao (Tru Thoughts) {1}: pm_w:9
  73. Sabil: Zabad: Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi/Latitudes) {1}: FR:+
  74. Saffron Ensemble: Will You? (Rock Paper Scissors) {1}: jrm:21
  75. Danay Suarez: Palabras Manueles (Universal) {1}: NPR:43
  76. Boubacar Traore: Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica) {1}: -- RC:*
  77. Tribalistas: Tribalistas 2 (Phonomotor) {1}: xrc:7
  78. Wild Beasts: Punch Drunk and Trembling (Domino) {1}:

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