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Global Village's Best Music of 2021

Chris Heim, host of Global Village, shares her picks for the best world music of 2021.

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    Warsaw Village Band — Uwodzenie/Waterduction (Karrot Kommando)
  2. L’Alba — A’ Principiu (Buda Musique)
  3. Vaev — Vaev (Go Danish Fok Music)
  4. Justin Adams & Mauro Durante — Still Moving (Ponderosa)
  5. Guy Buttery, Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan — One Morning in Gurgaon (Riverboat)
  6. Various — Zanzabara Vol. 10 (Buda Musique)
  7. Christine Salem — Mersi (Blue Fanal)
  8. Stefano Saletti & Banda Ikona — Mediterraneo Ostinato (Finis Terre)
  9. Baligh Hamdi — Instrumental Modal Pop of 1970s Egypt (Sublime Frequencies)
  10. Various — Essiebons Special 1973 - 1984 / Ghana Music Power House (Analog Africa)
  11. Balaphonics — Spicy Boom Boom (Vlad)
  12. Antonis Antoniou — Kkismettin (Ajabu!)
  13. Various — Republicafrobeat Vol. 5 Mujeres II (Kasba Music)
  14. Opium Moon — Night + Day (Six Degres)
  15. Stringflip — String Flip (Go Danish Folk Music)
  16. Hamdi Benani, Mehdi Haddab & Speed Caravan — Nuba Nova (Buda Musique)
  17. Maher Cissoko — Cissoko Heritage (Abuja!)
  18. Various — Cameroon Garage Funk (Analog Africa)
  19. Various — It’s A Good Feeling: The Latin Soul of Fania Records – The Singles (Craft)
  20. Balkan Taksim — Disko Telegraf (Buda Musique)
  21. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita — Suba (Bendigedig)
  22. A Espetacular Charanga do Franca — The Importance of Being Espetacular (Mais Um Discos)
  23. Khoomei Beat — Changys Baglaash (ARC Music)
  24. Fanfare Ciocarlia — It Wasn’t Hard to Love You (Asphalt Tango)
  25. Puuluup — Viimane Suusataja (Ounaviks)
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Chris Heim produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. Chris is also a critic and freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others.