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Allmusic 2019

Year In Review

Latin and world music's standouts this year featured Congolese collective Kokoko!'s lo-fi found object dance music, Angélique Kidjo's tribute to Celia Cruz, Rodrigo y Gabriela's passionate 'Mettavolution,' and a raucous party album from exiled Syrian musician Omar Souleyman.

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Literal

The godfather of bachata delivers an unabashedly romantic summertime record filled with a panoramic assortment of rhythms.

A-Wa

Bayti Fi Rasi

The Israeli sisters' sophomore set is a rhythmic wonder of empowered global pop with nods to the past and eyes firmly on the horizon.

Africa Express

Egoli

The pan-global collective orchestrated by Damon Albarn offers an exuberant hybrid of African and Western music.

Angélique Kidjo

Celia

The Beninese vocalist pays tribute to a prime influence by reading the great salsa star's music through the lens of African musical tradition.

Claude Fontaine

Claude Fontaine

The American singer wraps her songs in the style and fidelity of vintage reggae and Tropicalia on this warm, lovesick debut.

Combo Chimbita

Ahomale

The second album from this simmering Brooklyn group expands on their cosmic approach to Columbian styles.

Gaby Moreno / Van Dyke Parks

¡Spangled!

The gifted Guatemalan vocalist and the iconic American producer and arranger create an ornate, cross-cultural song cycle.

Ibibio Sound Machine

Doko Mien

On their third full-length, the English Afro-funk outfit bridge the best elements of their previous records and extend them with infectious dance tunes.

Intocable

Percepción

Working with producer Don Was, the premiere Tejano/Norteño fusion outfit hits another level with ballads, rockers and dances.

Itamar Borochov

Blue Nights

An enveloping, nocturnal third album from the Israeli jazz trumpeter, further exploring his post-bop, Sephardic, and North African influences.

Juanes

Más Futuro Que Pasado

The Colombian singer/songwriter collaborates with hot producers and artists as he weaves cumbia, vallenato, and guasca with rock, reggaeton, and soul.

Karol G

Ocean

With a plethora of styles, moods, and an intimate delivery, Colombia's latest Latin pop superstar avoids the sophomore slump by delivering a gem.

Kefaya / Elaha Soroor

Songs of Our Mothers

An elegant and compelling global fusion between the London-based collective and the Afghan singer.

Kokoko!

Fongola

Wildly inventive Congolese collective from Kinshasa whose artful lo-fi dance music is made largely on hand-built instruments created from junk.

La Santa Cecilia

La Santa Cecilia

A wildly diverse seven-track mini-album sung entirely in English. Its songs take on loss, grief, love, and the celebration of all life experiences.

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Heavy Rain

Dub companion to Lee "Scratch" Perry's well-received 2019 collaboration with Adrian Sherwood.

Lila Downs

Al Chile

Teaming with producer Camilo Lara and 180 musicians, the Mexican-American singer and songwriter delivers her most innovative recording.

Luis Fonsi

Vida

First album in nearly five years from the romantic pop king balances strutting dance-pop, ballads, reggaeton, cumbia, and vallenato.

Maluma

11:11

Following the success of F.A.M.E., the Colombian artist unabashedly swings for the crossover fences, mastering every pop style he tries on.

Marc Anthony

Opus

On his first studio outing in six years, the singer and producer Sergio George adds innovative depth and dimension to salsa's lineage.

Omar Souleyman

Shlon

The exiled Syrian wedding singer returns to the wild, soulful energy of his earliest albums here.

Ozuna

Nibiru

Capping his most successful year in music, the masterful Afro-Latino reggaetonero launches his most ambitious outing to date.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mettavolution

On their first studio album in five years, the guitar duo deliver a passionate program of new originals and an inspired Pink Floyd cover.

Sarathy Korwar

More Arriving

On his heady sophomore studio outing, the London-based percussionist leads jazzmen, beatmakers, rappers, and Indian classical singers.

The Good Ones

Rwanda, You Should Be Loved

The third set by the rural acoustic trio of Rwandan farmers pairs aching poignancy with themes of hope and beauty.

Tinariwen

Amadjar

The revered desert blues collective recorded their fascinating eighth album in the open air of a Saharan camp.

Xylouris White

The Sisypheans

On their fourth long-player, the international duo use dirges and folk ballads to explore the unknown.

Rodrigo y Gabriela