Africa & Middle East
Music in Exile (Transgressive Records)
First heard via various Africa Express projects, and more recently featured in the documentary They Will Have to Kill Us First, this debut represents the new rocking sound of Mali. Traditional African desert blues transplanted into a decidedly urban and 21st-century setting, it’s as funky as hell with tribal rhythms buttressed by a dynamic rock’n’roll heft. A Top of the World in #106.