Best of 2018 – Top 11 Global Albums

What an amazing and abundant year for modern global rhythms. Here are Rhythma’s top 11 picks. Please do some research and immerse yourself in each release. Below I have added some notes to help you with your research. If you like them – buy them and then share your discoveries with your friends and family. If you like them seek out their next show(s). Go out and support these artists and be sure to check out the live in studio with Seun Kuti.

ArtistAlbum Featured TrackNotes
Ammar 808Maghreb UnitedAin essouda (feat. Cheb Hassen Tej)Tunisian electronica inspired by the TR-808.
Fatoumata DiawaraFenfo (Something To Say)NteriniLovely Malian spirit back and bolder than ever.
Aby Ngana Diop Hunchin’ All NightMichael Ozone’s Lital RhythmClever collection of global remixes.
KhruangbinCon Todo El MundoMaria TambiƩnInfectious psychedelia with worldly flavor.
Florian Pellissier QuintetBijou voyou caillouFuck with the PoliceFinest French jazz – period.
KassinRelaxRelaxModern Brazilian disco and funk – true the roots.
MalphinoVisit MalphinoMoliendaMythological cumbia.
Gabacho MarocTawassoiAmara MoussaouiMorroco meets Gnawa.
Guy One#1Bangere Tomme?Kologo master from North Ghana.
Hailu MergiaLala BeluYefikir EngurguroEthiopian keyboard master.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black TimesStruggle SoundsThe youngest of Fela’s sons with his best release yet.