AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Latin and World Albums -

 Our editors celebrated sounds from around the world in 2017, including protest songs from Puerto Rico, rock from Colombia, eclectic music from Senegal, and hard rock from Zimbabwe.
Versus

Alejandra Guzmán / Gloria Trevi

Versus

The two grand divas of Latin pop deliver an album that balances its deliberate excesses with inspired performances and great songs.

Lo Único Constante

Alex Cuba

Lo Único Constante

The singer's excellent sixth album finds unexpected, and refreshing, inspiration in Cuban traditions of melding jazz and bolero.

Querido Mundo

Ani Cordero

Querido Mundo

An elegantly arranged set of Latin rock protest and love songs from the engaging Puerto Rican-American songstress.

Where the Gods Are in Peace

Antibalas

Where the Gods Are in Peace

Another powerful Afro-beat session from America's finest proponents of the style; features guest vocals from Zap Mama.

Volver

Benjamin Biolay

Volver

The former enfant terrible of French chanson may be in his forties, but in grand musical style, he refuses to give up his rebellious streak.

Ayo

Bomba Estéreo

Ayo

The Colombian electro cumbia maestros turn in their most uplifting, musically adventurous, and diverse outing yet.

Expectativas

Bunbury

Expectativas

Spain's iconic rocker surrounds himself with vintage keyboards, his road band, and saxophonist Santiago de Campo in delivering dramatic, passionate songs.

Jei Beibi

Café Tacuba

Jei Beibi

After a five-year wait, one of the best bands on the planet delivers a woozy, dizzying exercise in 21st century pop.

Over the Rainbow

Chano Domínguez

Over the Rainbow

An elegant, deeply felt solo piano album featuring some of Dominguez's most beloved American and Latin American standards.

Freedom Is Free

Chicano Batman

Freedom Is Free

This L.A. band's third album is a smart, joyous exercise in multi-cultural psychedelic funk with both groove and purpose.

Me Dejé Llevar

Christian Nodal

Me Dejé Llevar

On his lushly romantic debut full-length, the mariachi singer and songwriter not only fulfills the promise of his singles, but exceeds them.

Big Machine

Eliza Carthy / The Wayward Band

Big Machine

The U.K. folk maverick deftly wields her ambitions with this appropriately robust big ensemble collaboration.

Mis Planes Son Amarte

Juanes

Mis Planes Son Amarte

The Colombian rock star delivers what may be his finest moment: A sense-altering audio-visual album about the nature and necessity of love.

Caipi

Kurt Rosenwinkel

Caipi

The guitarist's first album on his own Heartcore label is an ambitious, gorgeously rendered set of Brazilian-influenced jazz, rock, and fusion.

Amar y Vivir

La Santa Cecilia

Amar y Vivir

The Los Angeles band creates a stunning live-to-tape audio-visual album playing classic boleros, rancheras, and more in the plazas, bars, and theaters of Mexico City.

Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo

Lila Downs

Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo

From mariachi to danzon, cumbia to ranchera, son to blues and rock, and covers to originals, the artist delivers a new kind of feminist manifesto.

La Trenza

Mon Laferte

La Trenza

The singer continues to bridge old and new, blending Mexican, Chilean, North Andean, and Peruvian traditions with contemporary sounds.

Musas

Natalia Lafourcade

Musas

Accompanied by the guitar duo Los Macorinos, Lafourcade pays tribute to over 50 years of Latin American folk with delightful results.

Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

Orchestra Baobab

Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng

After a ten-year absence, the Senegalese legends return with an expanded lineup and a gorgeous new sound.

Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica

Ozomatli

Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica

This L.A. sextet explores the inseparable connection of Mexican music with Caribbean sounds with help from producers Sly & Robbie and many guests.

Clareia

Sabrina Malheiros

Clareia

On her first recording in six years, the Brazilian songstress employs funk, disco, samba, and nu-bossa to create the perfect summertime album.

Elwan

Tinariwen

Elwan

Exiled from their Saharan home, the Tuareg guitar seekers deliver an album full of tension and beauty.

Welcome to Zamrock, Vol. 2: How Zambia's Liberation Led to a Rock Revolution 1972-1977

Various Artists

Welcome to Zamrock, Vol. 2: How Zambia's Liberation Led to a Rock Revolution 1972-1977

Now Again's second collection exploring the distinctive mid-'70s rock scene in Zambia.

Watch Out!

Wells Fargo

Watch Out!

The first anthology from this seminal Zimbabwean heavy rock band who led the country's mid-'70s counterculture.

IIII + IIII

ÌFÉ

IIII + IIII

Defying categorization with its multicultural blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, electronic synths, and Yoruba sounds, this Puerto Rican group's debut is an expansive joy.