It's easy to limit one's attention to familiar Western sounds, but that would deny the pleasures of this year's best Latin and world music albums, including Angélique Kidjo's reimagining of the Talking Heads' Remain in Light, the return of Ethio-jazz icon Hailu Mergia, and the latest from Tuareg guitar master Bombino.

Remain in Light

Angélique Kidjo

Remain in Light

Kidjo's stunning reimagining of the Talking Heads' 1980 masterpiece highlights its African roots and substantiates Remain in Light's credentials as one of the most influential albums of the rock era in a worldwide context.

Deran

Bombino

Deran

The acclaimed Tuareg guitarist leaves the West behind, recording in Africa on his fiery, unfiltered sixth album.

Somos Uno

Centavrvs

Somos Uno

The band's Tweety Gonzalez-produced sophomore effort moves beyond electro corridos to embrace cumbia, psychedelia, Afrobeat, and more.

Dionysus

Dead Can Dance

Dionysus

The esteemed Aussie art pop duo delivers a bacchanalian oratorio inspired by the Greek god of wine and ecstasy.

The Good Is a Big God

Domenico / Domenico Lancellotti

The Good Is a Big God

The Rio de Janeiro native elegantly filters Brazilian musical traditions through his distinctive pop approach on his sophomore set.

Monte Sagrado

Draco Rosa

Monte Sagrado

After two prolonged battles with cancer, the artist returns with his first studio album in nine years and it's a rocker.

Full Circle

Eddie Palmieri

Full Circle

El Maestro's late career surge offers fans a killer set of his salsa classics completely revisioned for jamming by his tentet and big band.

Trending Tropics

Eduardo "Visitante" Cabra / Trending Tropics / Vicente García

Trending Tropics

A star-studded, topically and musically provocative collaboration between Calle 13's Visitante and Dominican songwriter Vicente Garcia.

One People One World

Femi Kuti

One People One World

The favorite son of Afrobeat and his longstanding band deliver a tour de force of Afrobeat quilted with highlife, Latin, Caribbean, and R&B.

Lala Belu

Hailu Mergia

Lala Belu

The Ethio-jazz icon makes a triumphant and vibrant return, three decades after his last release.

Foto Aérea

Ibon Errazkin

Foto Aérea

A peculiar and utterly mesmerizing collection of whimsical, dreamlike compositions from the Spanish guitarist and composer.

Vibras

J Balvin

Vibras

The Colombian songwriter and singer ignores the language barrier, doubles down on reggaeton, and furthers his quest for pop domination.

F.A.M.E.

Maluma

F.A.M.E.

On his third full-length, the Colombian singer weds his pop and reggaeton identities, and provocatively combines them with urban sounds.

Musas, Vol. 2

Natalia Lafourcade

Musas, Vol. 2

Natalia Lafourcade's second volume of Musas, her tribute to the Great Latin American Songbook, is just as delightful as its 2017 predecessor.

Orquesta Akokan

Orquesta Akokan

Orquesta Akokan

Recorded live to tape at Havana's legendary Areito Studios, this cooking multi-generational big band pays homage to the mambo with passion and innovation.

Aura

Ozuna

Aura

There is no sophomore slump evident on the artist's second long-player, absolutely stacked with romantic performances and numerous guests.

El Mal Querer

Rosalía

El Mal Querer

The Barcelona-based singer, songwriter, and actress delivers her sophomore outing that weds flamenco and copla to R&B and urban pop.

Black Times

Seun Kuti / Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

Black Times

Re-enlisting Robert Glasper as co-producer, the Afrobeat scion offers his own take on the music that incorporates modern jazz, dub, and rock.

Toubalbero

Sidi Touré

Toubalbero

The Malian singer/songwriter employs a youthful electric band on his vital and joyous fourth release for Thrill Jockey.

Mambo Cosmico

Sonido Gallo Negro

Mambo Cosmico

The third studio effort by this nine-piece outfit pushes their 21st psychedelic cumbia to engage sounds from across the Latin world.

Tantabara

Tal National

Tantabara

The West African powerhouse continues to blaze their own path on their excellent third release for the FatCat label.

African Scream Contest, Vol. 2

Various Artists

African Scream Contest, Vol. 2

A decade after the popular first volume, Analog Africa presents another set of electrifying Afro-funk from Benin.

Un Mundo Raro: Las Canciones de José Alfredo Jiménez

Various Artists

Un Mundo Raro: Las Canciones de José Alfredo Jiménez

Camilo Lara produced and curated this star-studded tribute to one of Mexico's greatest songwriters and reveals the eternal youth appeal of the material.

Eddie Palmieri