Monday, January 3, 2011

The Afrobeat Blog Best of 2010

2011 is officially upon us. Now is the time to assess where we're at, where we're going, and what has been. As such, I've put together my list of the best music released in 2010 that reverberated in range of my ears. I've expanded the list to include a section for comps as well as an honorable mention section to recognize some great music that didn't quite make my top 15. If I left anything out, feel free to let me know, as it's never too late to share! Here's to more great music in 2011!

Best Albums of 2010
1. Ye Fre Me Richy Pitch-Richy Pitch
2. Seahorse and the Storyteller-Michael Leonhart and The Avramina 7

3. Blue Eyed Black Boy-Balkan Beat Box
4. Afrocubism-Afrocubism
5. La Difference-Salif Keita
6. Donso-Donso
7. Medicine Show # 3: Beat Konducta In Africa-Madlib
8. Love and Death-Ebo Taylor
9. The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow-Cochemea Gastelum
10. The Budos Band III-The Budos Band
11. Rise and Shine-Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars
12. Wake Up!-John Legend & The Roots
13. Oyo-Angelique Kidjo
14. Secret Agent-Tony Allen
15. Adje Adje-Elikeh

Best Compilations
1. Black Man's Cry-Now Again
2. Afrobeat Airways-Analog Africa
3. Angola Soundtrack-Analog Africa
4. Lagos Disco Inferno-Academy
5. Afrolution Vol. 2-Afrolution

Honorable Mention (In no particular order):
Seu Jorge and Almaz
Music Frees All-Emefe
Lero Lero-Luisa Maita
I Learned the Hard Way-Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
82-Just A Band
El Existential-Grupo Fantasma
Ali and Toumani-Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate
London Afrobeat Collective-London Afrobeat Collective
Fried Speakers-Monareta
Thieves!-Zongo Junction

1 comment:

michael said...

Big ups on The Electric Sounds of Johnny Arrow.. It's my #1.. so Ill have to investigate the rest of your list. Thanks for sharing.