Best Artist Nominee
Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica)
For the first time in his long career the Malian guitarist, now in his mid-70s, travelled to the US to record Dounia Tabolo. Working in deepest Louisiana, his African blues have never sounded more profound, with the American bluesman Corey Harris, fiddler Cedric Watson and Leyla McCalla on cello adding further resonance to his baritone voice and snapping guitar. A Top of the World in #134.