AllMusic 2014 Year In Review

Favorite Latin and World Albums -

2014 in Latin and World Music featured Pepe Aguiltar breaking barriers with his MTV Unplugged session, father and son duo Sidiki and Toumani Diabaté teaming up for a mesmerizing collection of duets, and Angélique Kidjo's most ambitous album to date.
Globall

3BallMTY

Globall

The tribal guarachero DJ collective make an exciting return with Far East Movement, Becky G, and Cowboy Troy on the guest list.

Kalo Yeele

Abou Diarra

Kalo Yeele

An enchanting collaborative album that mixes West African sounds with blues, folk, and jazz.

Casa de Trova: Cuba 50s

Alejandro Enis Almenares

Casa de Trova: Cuba 50s

Debut solo album from the septuagenarian guitarist and singer, rich with the sound of the old Cuba.

Vengo

Ana Tijoux

Vengo

This flawless, wildly ambitious offering is not only mature, but sets a new bar for creativity in Latin music.

Eve

Angélique Kidjo

Eve

The Beninese singer and songwriter returns after nearly four years with her most ambitious recording to date.

Le Canta a México

Arturo Chacón-Cruz

Le Canta a México

This album is, above all, a great deal of fun, and it's a must for anyone with a love of Mexican popular song.

Soutak

Aziza Brahim

Soutak

Second solo album from the exiled singer bears witness to the loss and tragedy of the refugee struggle, while also expressing defiance and hope.

No Me Pidas Perdón

Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

No Me Pidas Perdón

A big, brassy banda album that's evocative of Mexico's past while projecting its regional traditions into the future.

Tudo

Bebel Gilberto

Tudo

The Brazilian artist reunites with producer Mario Caldato, Jr. in a subtle, imaginative, emotionally resonant collection of originals and covers.

Our Kind of Bossa

Bossacucanova

Our Kind of Bossa

Blending bossa nova with electronica once again after nine years off, the trio sounds renewed on this comfortable and clever comeback.

Differentology

Bunji Garlin

Differentology

The soca singer's 2014 effort is a Carnival party monster, led by the epic title track.

Contigo

Calibre 50

Contigo

Sinaloan norteño band returns with its sixth album in five years, adding a new dimension of range and depth.

Más Corazón Profundo

Carlos Vives

Más Corazón Profundo

One of Colombia's greatest living singers gives listeners the heart of vallenato and other Colombian traditions.

Chano & Josele

Chano Domínguez / Niño Josele

Chano & Josele

Two of the leading forces in contemporary flamenco combine for a set of unexpected material.

Panama 500

Danilo Pérez

Panama 500

Pérez explores the folkloric traditions of his homeland with a mix of jazz, classical, and Latin American sounds.

Tú y Yo

David Bisbal

Tú y Yo

Bisbal's fifth studio album reveals plenty of crossover appeal, from bolero to soul to dubstep.

Mbókò

David Virelles

Mbókò

The ECM debut by this up-and-coming pianist offers a bold jazzman's take on Afro-Cuban ritual music that is at once striking and deeply moving.

Salvadora Robot

Eblis Álvarez / Meridian Brothers

Salvadora Robot

The sophomore Soundway outing from this group ecstatically explores a range of Caribbean rhythms through rock, electro, and psychedelia.

Medea

Eleni Karaindrou

Medea

This haunting, beautiful score for Euripides' tragedy is performed by an expert folk ensemble, choir, and soloists.

Port

Forabandit

Port

Compelling second album from the multi-cultural folk power trio.

Fumaça Preta

Fumaça Preta

Fumaça Preta

The mad, twisted debut by this international project dishes up head-on collisions between garage psych, funk, samba, and tropicalia.

Camino

Gustavo Santaolalla

Camino

On his Sony Masterworks debut, the Oscar and Grammy-winning Argentine composer offers a spare, intimate, yet emotionally resonant instrumental set.

Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine

Ibibio Sound Machine

This auspicious debut by a London-based international ensemble sets a new bar for the fusion of African and electronic music.

Bailar en la Cueva

Jorge Drexler

Bailar en la Cueva

On his first record in four years, the Uruguayan songwriter delivers one of his most beguiling and adventurous offerings in years.

Todo Tiene Su Hora

Juan Luis Guerra / Juan Luis Guerra y 440

Todo Tiene Su Hora

The Dominican legend delivers a stellar collection of bachatas, merengues, sons, and salsas, all done with a sense of musical adventure.

Loco de Amor

Juanes

Loco de Amor

On his first studio recording in four years, the Colombian songwriter adds organic and modern sounds to his provocative mix.

Beware the Fetish

Kasai Allstars

Beware the Fetish

Lengthy sophomore effort from this Congolese collective spans over 100 minutes of dense, joyous music.

Someday New

La Santa Cecilia

Someday New

Nine months after their breakout album, this Grammy-winning Angelino quartet delivers a hot set of new tunes and covers.

Territorio Buitre

Los Buitres de Culiacan

Territorio Buitre

Narcocorridos, tender love songs, and party anthems that together form a near-perfect mix of the sweet, sinister, and celebratory.

Revelation

Los Lonely Boys

Revelation

A lively, melodic, and warmly eclectic collection of rootsy adult alternative pop from the Texan trio.

Realidades

Los Tigres del Norte

Realidades

On their first offering of brand-new material in five years, the living legends of norteño deliver power and poignancy.

Corridos Time, Temporada 1: Soy Parrandero

Los Tucanes de Tijuana

Corridos Time, Temporada 1: Soy Parrandero

A 15-track set of narcocorridos and conjuntos that finds the band at their rootsy, gritty best.

Dawn

Magos & Limón

Dawn

Latin and American jazz standards from this rich, evocative vocal and flamenco guitar duo.

Floresta

Mia Doi Todd

Floresta

The L.A. singer travels to Brazil and delivers a heartfelt collection of its songs, aided by a stellar cast of younger musicians.

Coisa Boa

Moreno Veloso

Coisa Boa

On his first record in 13 years, the Brazilian songwriter delivers an intimate, spacious, nearly perfect collection of simple yet elegant songs.

MTV Unplugged

Pepe Aguilar

MTV Unplugged

The great ranchera singer not only makes history on the popular MTV program, but delivers a performance for the ages.

Love & Sex

Plan B

Love & Sex

Tego Calderón and Yandel join the reggaeton duo for a near-perfect balance of street-worthy and radio-worthy music.

De Alumno a Maestro

Remmy Valenzuela

De Alumno a Maestro

The debut full-length from Valenzuela reveals the talent of his soaring and earthy voice as well as his fleet, dexterous accordion playing.

Viaje

Ricardo Arjona

Viaje

Wistful yet full of hope, the singer's second album for his own Metamorfosis label is accordingly intimate.

Cavalo

Rodrigo Amarante

Cavalo

Brazilian songwriter and member of Los Hermanos, Orquestra Imperial, and Little Joy turns in a wonderfully understated debut.

9 Dead Alive

Rodrigo y Gabriela

9 Dead Alive

With their first new material in five years, the acoustic duo deliver fierce, beautifully articulated tunes melding their musical roots with expansive creativity.

Formula, Vol. 2 [Deluxe Edition]

Romeo Santos

Formula, Vol. 2 [Deluxe Edition]

On his second studio album, the bachata star not only delivers on the promise of his debut, he surpasses it in ambition and craft.

Senzu-Rah

Régulo Caro

Senzu-Rah

Fourth album from the young Sinaloan delivers an ambitious range of modern banda, norteño, and cumbia.

Music for Arabs

Sam Shalabi

Music for Arabs

A completely solo sound collage, full of subversive cultural and musical juxtapositions, which serves as a love song to Egypt.

A Long Way to the Beginning

Seun Kuti / Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

A Long Way to the Beginning

With Robert Glasper as co-producer, the youngest son of Fela Kuti delivers an incendiary, angry, innovative new phase in Afrobeat.

Toumani & Sidiki

Sidiki Diabaté / Toumani Diabaté

Toumani & Sidiki

The kora's modern master and his eldest son team up to deliver a mesmerizing set of unadorned duets on their debut together.

Emmaar

Tinariwen

Emmaar

Forced to flee Mali, the band recorded this in the American southwest. Here they evolve musically, yet keep their root sound intact.

Film of Life

Tony Allen

Film of Life

The great African drummer teams with the Jazzbastards for his first recording in seven years, and it's a stone killer.

El Regreso del Sobreviviente

Wisin

El Regreso del Sobreviviente

Second solo album from the Puerto Rican urban music legend, rife with collaborations from 50 Cent, Chris Brown, Pitbull, and more.