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Cesaria Evora’s musical director playing the guitar, violin and cavaquinho he made himself. A kind of greatest hits of his instrumentals, 1993-2005, including stuff used by Almodovar and Pina Bausch.

Fine Malian blues, with contributions from Ali Farka Toure.

Magnificent singing — sweet, husky, powerfully soulful — by this semba master from Angola, for thirty years now a tireless crusader for anti-colonialism and the old one-two of peace and rebellion.

A gorgeous record from the start of the year — the Cape Verdean’s second, with his pure, intimate voice in a range of percussion-based settings, with some great trombone and accordion too.