Best Group: 2017 Nominees
Afro Celt Sound System
The Source on ECC Records
After a silence lasting more than a decade, the return of the Afro Celt Sound System could easily have sounded like an anachronistic relic. But if fans found much that was reassuringly familiar in their trademark global dance fusion of African rhythms and haunting Irish melodies, they also sounded reinvigorated – bigger, better and bolder than ever before. A Top of the World in #118.
Bollywood Brass Band featuring Jyotsna Srikanth
Carnatic Connection on Bollywood Brass Band
The BBB’s latest tour de force reimagines South Indian classical and film music with the pulsating energy of an Indian wedding procession. Srikanth’s violin soars above this bold adventure and at times enters into breathtakingly competitive interplay with the brass on a set that is as joyous as it is raucous. A Top of the World in #124.
Radio International on Radio International Records
Recorded during travels and collaborations with guest musicians from across India, Palestine, Spain and Italy, the debut album from the UK-based collective Kefaya finds common ground between folk traditions from around the globe, radical politics and sound system culture, delivered with a fizzing energy and commitment. A Top of the World in #122.
Viena on Westpark Music
Three decades after their debut album, the Finnish folk group essayed an astonishing return to both form and to their roots. Viena is inspired by the trio’s visits to hear runo singers in Karelia. It is brimming with clear, sharp vocals and immaculate playing, and bristling with energy. Long-time fans have hailed it as one of the finest albums in Varttina’s long and illustrious career. A Top of the World in #116.