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The World's DJ Picks: Favorite Recordings of 2012 Part I

Big Haas Top 5 Hip-Hop Releases from the Middle East:
1. Omar Offendum — Syrianamericana
2. Asfalt — Ana Satreen
3. The Narcicyst — Leap of Faith
4. Arabian Knightz — Rebel
5. Shadia Mansour — El Kofeyye Arabeyye

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Hope Masike 'Mbira, Love and Chocolate' CD cover (Credit: hopemasike.com)

Mannasseh Phiri's Top 5 List from Africa
1. Hope Masike — Mbira, Love and Chocolate
2. Vusi Mahlasela — Say Africa
3. Staff Benda Bilili — Booger Le Monde
4. Hugh Masekela — Jabulani
5. Habib Koite, Afel Bocoum and Oliver Mtukudzi — Acoustic Africa in Concert

Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze 'Amanke Dionit' CD cover (Credit: Amazon.com)

Tom Schnabel's Top 5 Global Hits
1. Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze — Amanké Dionti
2. Samuel Yirga — Guzo
3. Zani Diabaté and Les Héritiers — Tientalaw
4. Dub Colossus — Addis Through the Looking Glass
5. Omar Sosa — Eggun: The Afri-Lectric Experience

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    Omar Offendum 'SyrianamericanA' CD Cover (Credit: Amazon.com)

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    Hope Masike 'Mbira, Love and Chocolate' CD cover (Credit: hopemasike.com)

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    Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze 'Amanke Dionit' CD cover (Credit: Amazon.com)