Dee Dee Bridgewater’s playlist and 10 best new releases

Posted on February 6th, 2015 in News, Recent posts by .


The March 2015 (#106) issue includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the best new releases from around the world. The CD also includes five tracks selected by American jazz singer and three-times Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, who discusses her choices with Jo Frost.

The Top of the World CD includes brand new tracks from Songhoy Blues, Punch Brothers, Criolo, and many more.

Pick up your copy here, at selected WHSmiths stores and all good record retailers.


Top of the World 106

Songhoy Blues – Music in Exile on Transgressive Records

First heard as part of the Africa Express Maison des Jeunes project in 2013, Songhoy Blues are the new sound of Mali, set to become West Africa’s biggest export since Amadou & Mariam.

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Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues on Nonesuch Records

The progressive bluegrass quintet put together a series of vignettes on the theme of connection that dips in and out of various genres, all while managing to still sound like the band we love.

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The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – 21st Century Molam on Paradise Bangkok

Classic Thai sounds get a 21st-century update, ready for the dance floor.

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Criolo – Convoque Seu Buda on Sterns Music

The Brazilian rapper returns with a diverse album that sees him sing just as much as much as he raps, which is sure to fuel Criolo’s growing stature, both in Brazil and around the world.

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Boubacar Traoré – Mbalimaou on Lusafrica

The first album in four years from this much loved Malian singer and guitarist finds him on familiar ground, but demonstrates he can still make music tat has the power to engage.

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The Unthanks – Mount the Air on Rabble Rouser Music

The first studio album in four years from the Northumbrian folk band proves that they are a seemingly fearless ensemble who wear their art lightly and keep their heart lively.

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Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna – Busco Paraiso on Petit Indie

Chilean singer-songwriter and accordionist Ilabaca puts together a varied album with jazz, indie and rock elements.

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Verckys et l’Orchestre Vévé – Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978 on Analog Africa

Verckys and his band brought a raw energy, vibrancy and sheer funkyness to the Congolese rumba scene.

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Leveret – New Anything on RootBeat Records

The English squeezebox and string trio share a repertoire of traditional and original tunes, responding to each other in an almost improvisatory manner for this beautiful debut album.

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Louis Sarno – Song from the Forest OST on Tondowksi Films

The extraordinary recordings from the film that documents Louis Sarno’s travels to the Central African Republic are pure, beautiful, unmediated and almost quite unlike anything you’ve heard.

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Plus Dee Dee Bridgewater’s playlist

cesFatoumata Diawara – ‘Bissa’
From Fatou on World Circuit

“She just has such a wonderful stage presence, and she’s so beautiful to watch. She’s got an aura about her. I’m so proud of what’s happening for her now with World Circuit.”

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mariManu Dibango  – ‘Soul Makossa’
From Lion of Africa on Global Mix

“You can’t imagine how amazing [working with Manu Dibango] was for me… Manu”s a lot of fun… and he’s extremely knowledgable about jazz music and a very versatile musician.”

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untahRokia Traoré – ‘Tounka’
From Tchamantché on Nonesuch Records

Bridgewater first came across Rokia’s music while living in Paris and coincidentally bumped into Rokia’s cousin while in Segou. Sadly Rokia wasn’t available to guest on Bridgewater’s Red Earth album.

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ruOumou Sangaré – ‘Moussolou’
From Moussolou on World Circuit

Oumou was one of Bridgewater’s guides during her time in Mali and features on her Red Earth album. She calls the Malian songbird “mon énergie,” and describes Oumou as being like a sister to her.

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angeBassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba – ‘Bassekou’
From Segu Blue on Out Here Records

“Bassekou is nothing short of extraordinary,” says Bridgewater, and she’s also a huge fan of his wife Amy Sacko who reminders her of Abbey Lincoln.

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