AfroCubism Makes Barnes & Noble's Top 10 Albums of 2010; The Black Keys' "Brothers" Among Best in Rock

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"This past year has been good for new music from the more established names in African music," including AfroCubism, says NPR. Indeed, AfroCubism has made Barnes & Noble's list of the Top 10 Albums of any genre for 2010; The Black Keys' Brothers comes in at No. 5 among the best in rock. Brothers and Ali and Toumani, from Ali Farka Touré and AfroCubism's Toumani Diabaté, make The Huffington Post's Top 10 Albums of 2010.

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"This past year has been good for new music from the more established names in African music, including new releases from ... AfroCubism (with Toumani Diabaté, Djelimady Tounakara and Bassekou Kouyate) and many more," says NPR's Jon Kertzer.

Indeed, AfroCubism has made Barnes & Noble's list of the Top 10 Albums of any genre for 2010. Barnes & Noble also places The Black Keys' Brothers at No. 5 on its list of the best in rock. You can see both lists at bn.com.

KCRW recently named AfroCubism an Artist You Should Know. "It is glorious music, filled with exuberance and joy, beautifully produced and recorded," says KCRW's Tom Schnabel of the group's eponymous album. "If you can't feel this music you¹d better see a therapist, who might very well recommend this album as a musical anti-depressant." Read more at kcrw.com.

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The duo album from AfroCubism's kora master Toumani Diabaté and the late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Ali and Toumani, comes in at No. 7 on the list of The Top 10 Albums of 2010 according to The Huffington Post's Dan Sweeney.

"It's only the final album of perhaps the greatest guitarist Africa has ever produced, so there's that," says Sweeney. "But Diabaté's kora performance can't be understated, the African hybrid harp playing just as big a role on this album." Sweeney goes on to lament of Touré's passing: "I just can't believe this is the last I'll hear of the guy. I hadn't even been turned on to him until 2005's In the Heart of the Moon, and now, I'll never hear anything new out of him again."

The Black Keys are also on The Huffington Post list, coming in at No. 4 for Brothers. "This year's Brothers is a perfect synthesis of the two Black Keys: gritty, powerful, blues-based rockers and acid-drenched psychonauts," says Sweeney. "Having combined these two tendencies successfully for the first time, the Black Keys turned in its best album to date."

Read the complete list at huffingtonpost.com.

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To pick up any of the albums, visit the Nonesuch Store, where all CDs, LPs, and DVDs are on sale for 33% off the standard retail price as part of the store's 3rd anniversary sale.

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  • Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    AfroCubism Makes Barnes & Noble's Top 10 Albums of 2010; The Black Keys' "Brothers" Among Best in Rock

    "This past year has been good for new music from the more established names in African music, including new releases from ... AfroCubism (with Toumani Diabaté, Djelimady Tounakara and Bassekou Kouyate) and many more," says NPR's Jon Kertzer.

    Indeed, AfroCubism has made Barnes & Noble's list of the Top 10 Albums of any genre for 2010. Barnes & Noble also places The Black Keys' Brothers at No. 5 on its list of the best in rock. You can see both lists at bn.com.

    KCRW recently named AfroCubism an Artist You Should Know. "It is glorious music, filled with exuberance and joy, beautifully produced and recorded," says KCRW's Tom Schnabel of the group's eponymous album. "If you can't feel this music you¹d better see a therapist, who might very well recommend this album as a musical anti-depressant." Read more at kcrw.com.

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    The duo album from AfroCubism's kora master Toumani Diabaté and the late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, Ali and Toumani, comes in at No. 7 on the list of The Top 10 Albums of 2010 according to The Huffington Post's Dan Sweeney.

    "It's only the final album of perhaps the greatest guitarist Africa has ever produced, so there's that," says Sweeney. "But Diabaté's kora performance can't be understated, the African hybrid harp playing just as big a role on this album." Sweeney goes on to lament of Touré's passing: "I just can't believe this is the last I'll hear of the guy. I hadn't even been turned on to him until 2005's In the Heart of the Moon, and now, I'll never hear anything new out of him again."

    The Black Keys are also on The Huffington Post list, coming in at No. 4 for Brothers. "This year's Brothers is a perfect synthesis of the two Black Keys: gritty, powerful, blues-based rockers and acid-drenched psychonauts," says Sweeney. "Having combined these two tendencies successfully for the first time, the Black Keys turned in its best album to date."

    Read the complete list at huffingtonpost.com.

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    To pick up any of the albums, visit the Nonesuch Store, where all CDs, LPs, and DVDs are on sale for 33% off the standard retail price as part of the store's 3rd anniversary sale.

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