The Noughties: Honorary Mentions-World


World music kept on breaking more and more often into the mainstream, but it seemed that only a certain type of adult oriented artist would gain access to worldwide distribution. Having said that, globalization has made it easier than ever to find out about the music on any remote point of the planet. Traveling around the five continents with an open ear has been an experience no short of surprises to the discerning listener, from Tuareg blues rockers to Japanese experimentalists; Congolese electronica to Malian pop masters. Some of the biggest, after the jump.

10-KONONO No. 1-Congotronics (see video above)

9-CORNELIUS-Drop

8-POLYSICS-New Wave Jacket

7-ORCHESTRA BAOBAB-Niijay

6-ANDY PALACIO & THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE-Watina

5-OOIOO-UMA

4-RACHID TAHA-Ecoute-Moi Mon Camarade

3-TINARIWEN-Amassakoul N’Tenere

2-BORIS-Ibitsu

1-AMADEU & MARIAM-Sabali

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