The European Broadcast Union's Top 20 World Music chart for July includes some fascinating recent releases. With the summer festival season in full swing in Europe and North America, lots of bands have put out their summer releases to coincide with live events they are playing. The premier "World music" festival, Womad UK, has just finished, with several chart-toppers like Rokia Traore (see her album Beautiful Africa below) headlining the event.
Kobo Town tops the chart.
There's plenty of "feel good" music for the summer on the chart. Storming up the chart to top spot is a Trinidadian/Canadian band Kobo Town, which was founded by Drew Gonsalves. The band got its name from the historic neighbourhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born, and the album title refers to "jumbies", which are spirits known to all West Indians (both malevolent and good). These spirits are found on the band's "jukebox"', which blends music from the Caribbean's golden eras of music, from late 19th century chants and cowbells to minor key melodies from the 1930s to the rolling basslines of the early 1970s. Add in some dub, reggae and a shot of calypso and you'll get the idea.
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