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The 10 Best New Albums from Around the World (June 2022)

The best new albums reviewed in the June issue of Songlines, featuring Oumou Sangaré, Leyla McCalla, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Congotronics International and more

Songlines Best New Albums June 2022

Oumou Sangaré

Timbuktu World Circuit/BMG

Produced by the French duo of Pascal Danaë and Nicolas Quéré, the songs were mostly written when she found herself stranded by lockdown in the US and unable to return home to Mali. Fusing African tradition with blues, folk and rock, the result is Sangaré’s boldest and most ambitious album to date. Nigel Williamson

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Leyla McCalla

Breaking the Thermometer ANTI-

Combining her own original compositions and traditional Haitian tunes with historical broadcasts and interviews, the result is a remarkable sonic journey chronicling the sacrifices and challenges faced by the Haitian people and the island’s tumult and political unrest. Nigel Williamson

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Benedicte Maurseth

Hárr Hubro Music

The imaginative integration of all elements in a sort of propulsive acoustic ecosystem is uniquely and irresistibly stunning. Jeff Kaliss

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Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

ECHO bendigedig

The duo effortlessly mix influences from Western classical or folk music with African styles, showing a remarkable musical empathy as they trade solos in their emotional, atmospheric compositions. Robin Denselow

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Till Skogen Cumbancha

As invigorating as a cold, sunny, Swedish morning, Kolonien have the freshness of The Cardigans’ early albums while at the same time sounding something like a Nordic Fleet Foxes. Tony Gillam

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Congotronics International

Where’s the One? Crammed Discs

Kinshasa’s Congotronic axis meet chosen international artists and create an epic, euphoric mash-up celebrating the tenth anniversary of a historic collaborative tour. Max Reinhardt

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Eliane Correa & La Evolución Orchestra

Signo de Fuego Somos Más

Recorded in seven countries with 23 crazy-talented musicians including Barcelona-based singer Yadira Ferrer (whose sparkling vocals lift the ballad ‘Cai’ up toward Mount Orisha) and Cuban music heavyweight Mandi Miranda, this sensational debut is testament to the blossoming of a major talent. Jane Cornwell

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Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Ink of the Rosy Morning Topic Records

Like a number of albums released this year, the root story behind the Cambridge duo’s debut for Topic Records is wrapped up in the 2020 lockdown and the subsequent world-changing wave of pandemic conditions, from which this luminous, arrestingly beautiful set of mainly traditional folk songs emerges. Tim Cumming

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Tenzin Choegyal, Katherine Philp &
 Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra

Yeshi Dolma Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra

Yeshi Dolma is the culmination of ten years of collaboration between Tenzin Choegyal from Tibet and Australian Katherine Philp. They come from totally different cultural backgrounds, however, as in many cases, the emotional mystery of music brought a Western classical-trained lead cellist together with an exiled traditional singer and multi-instrumentalist. Michael Ormiston

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Tāmira Pūoro

Feather Spines Oro Records

Understated, gentle and organic, Feather Spines is a very well-crafted work that successfully merges influences from both Māori and pākehā (New Zealanders of European descent) culture. Seth Jordan

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