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Here's our must-listen music of 2014

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Marco Werman's Top Five Picks: 

1. "Vengo" by Ana Tijoux
2. "Dawn" by Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
3. "Landini" by Aurelio 
4. "Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako" by Les Ambassadeurs
5. "Jaiyede Afro" by Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics

 

April Peavey's Top Five Picks:

1. "Motel Baja" by Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible
2. "Dawn" by Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
3. "Bless Up" by Ernest Ranglin & Avila
4. "Toumani & Sidiki" by Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
5. "Benyoro" by Benyoro

 

"Vengo" by Ana Tijoux
Winner of a 2014 Latin Grammy, this French-Chilean rapper is great from start to finish. 

 

 

"Dawn" by Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
This is Australia's answer to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Emma Donovan is an indigenous singer backed by a rhythm combo from Melbourne. 

 

 

"Landini" by Aurelio
Garifuna music rests on the shoulders of this singer-songwriter from Playplaya, Honduras. 

 

 

"Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako" by Les Ambassadeurs
A stunning double CD of vintage recordings made between 1975 and 1977 in Bamako, Mali.

 

 

"Jaiyede Afro" by Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics
The latest in Afropop from Nigerian saxophonist, singer and songwriter Orlando Julius. Here he teams up with The Heliocentrics from London.

 

 

"Motel Baja" by Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible
Bostich (Ramón Amezcua) and Fussible (Pepe Mogt) are a duo from Mexico and co-founders of Nortec Collective. A great fusion of Norteño and electronic music.  

 

 

Ernest Ranglin
"Bless Up" by Ernest Ranglin & Avila
Surely one of the greats in Jamaican music. If the song "Follow On" doesn't bring a smile to your face, then I don't know what will.

 

 

"Toumani & Sidiki" by Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
This is a beautiful father and son collaboration by two masters of the kora from Mali. 

 

 

"Benyoro" by Benyoro
Debut album from this New York-based group. Members of the band hail from both Mali and the United States.

 

 

 

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