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Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2015 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency,Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2015. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.Along with show favorites, Chris Heim was invited to be a voting member for several Critics Polls this year. You can see the results of those polls for Best of the Year here:The Transglobal World Music Chart Best of 2015: http://www.transglobalwmc.com/The fRoots Critics Poll: http://www.frootsmag.com/content/critpoll/The NPR Jazz Critics Poll: http://www.npr.org/sections/ablogsupreme/2015/12/21/460527087/the-2015-npr-music-jazz-critics-pollEnjoy.

Global Village: Best of 2015

It's a big world and this year it got bigger, thanks both to the growing number of stations around the country and the world who air Global Village, and thanks also to the new Transglobal World Music Chart (Global Village was invited to be part of the panel), which helped open doors to a broader range of artists, including many who release albums on their own or don't see their work released in the U.S. That diversity is already reflected in this year's favorites (which will be featured along with other notable titles, award winners and more throughout January) and we expect an even more diverse and exciting 2016 in the Global Village.


  1. Anouar Brahem - Souvenance (ECM)
  2. Bixiga 70 - III (Glitterbeat)
  3. Forro in the Dark - Forro Zinho (Tzadik)
  4. Titi Robin - Taziri (World Village)
  5. Various artists - Amplificador: Novissima Musica Brasileira (Far Out)
  6. Sinikka Langeland  - The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM)
  7. Terakaft - Alone (Out Here)
  8. NO Blues - Oh Yeah Habibi (Continental Record Services)
  9. Bolo - Bolo (Bolo)
  10. Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power in the Blood (True North)
  11. Aziz Sahmaoui & University of Gnawa - Mazal (World Village)
  12. Officina Zoë - Mamma Sirena (AnimaMundi Edizioni)
  13. Taraf de Haidouks - Of Lovers, Gamblers & Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs)
  14. Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Wrasse)
  15. Samba Toure - Gandadiko (Glitterbeat)
  16. The SoulJazz Orchestra - Resistance (Strut)
  17. Dengue Fever - The Deepest Lake (Tuk Tuk)
  18. Songhoy Blues - Music in Exile (Atlantic)
  19. Ludovico Einaudi - Taranta Project (Ponderosa)
  20. Efren Lopez - El Fill del Llop (Buda Musique)
  21. Griselda Sanderson - Radial (Waulk)
  22. Amadou Balake - In Conclusion (Sterns Music)
  23. Mamek Khadem - The Road (Innova)
  24. Black Masala - Love You Madly (Black Masala)
  25. Tipsy Oxcart - Upside Down (Tipsy Oxcart)
  26. Various artists - Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (Dust to Digital)
  27. Buena Vista Social Club - Lost and Found (World Circuit)
  28. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power (Glitterbeat)
  29. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)
  30. Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra - Big Band Tribute to the Skatalites Vol. 2 (Vintage Vault)
  31. Kandia Kouyate - Renascence (Sterns Music)
  32. Vishten - Terre Rouge (Vishten)
  33. Ophelie Gaillard - Alvorada (Aparte)
  34. Paquito D'Rivera & Quinteto Cimarron - Aires Tropicales (Sunnyside)
  35. Kirk Elliott - Widdershins: The Legend of Tristan Shoute (Pipistrelle Music)
  36. Rebel Tumbao - Rebel Tumbao (Sacred Rhythm Music)
  37. Ceumar - Silencia (ARC Music)
  38. Dizu Plaatjies and Friends - Ubuntu: The Common String (Mountain)
  39. Various artists - Senegal 70 (Analog Africa)
  40. Pekko Kappi - Sanguis Meus, Mama (GAEA Records)