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Haydee Alba’s 1990 debut album — emotional and poetic from the off, already steeped in tradition — following the evolution of the form over its nineteen tracks. ‘An artist’s job is to make her public dream.’

Griot music with delicate dambararou lute; ritual possession songs with gogue fiddle and gon and karou drums; and a women’s choir.

Polyrhythmic vocal and percussion music for dancing, performed by women, from the Cape Verdean island of Santiago.

Gaitas music, for flutes and alegre, llamador and tambora drums.

Fifty 2011 recordings of voice — polyphonic paghjella, lullabies, laments, orations — and traditional instruments like goat horn, pirula flute and cialamedda bagpipes, and modern violin, mandolin, accordion.

With accompaniment on the sanshin lute — a lovely, melodic blend of Japanese, Chinese and South East Asian styles characteristic of the Okinawa archipelago (formerly the independent kingdom of Ryukyu).

Bele is an African folk drumming and singing tradition running back to slavery days. Mondesir leading five singers, with two percussionists, on tambour and tibwa.

Fervid vocal intensity from the venerable Tijaniyya and Muridiyya brotherhoods, singing hymns and poems to the glory of the Lord, live in concert.

Superb, timber-shivering example of the city’s more elevated style of fado. Highly recommended.

A master of the sato (a bowed tambur or long-necked lute held vertically) joined by Tajik singer Ozoda Ashurova in this beautiful, haunting, little-known court music. Plus doyra drum and dotar lute.

A liturgy and feast headquartered in the mountains of Antalya, with semah sacred dancing and sung poetry accompanied on the saz lute. Six instrumentalists, two vocal lineups here: from 2004 and 2011.

The Sulayiti Kalungi Ensemble Of Kampala presenting dances, religious invocations and profane songs, to a barrage of percussion and fervent choral singing.

Judith Juma’s wonderful mbira playing — shona ritual music, with singing, drum and rattle.