Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart's innovative Planet Drum CD convened some of the world's finest drum talent for a collaboration that won the very first GRAMMY for world music -- bringing together Nigerian drum legend Babatunde Olatunji, Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, Nigerian talking drum ace Sikiru Adepoju, and Puerto Rico's master conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. The 1991 album spent an unprecedented 26 weeks at #1 on the Billboard world music chart, and continues to sell as a perennial favorite.
Robert Miles, the electronica-genius/soundscape-crafter here meets Trilok Gurtu, the world-jazz prophet. The sticker on the cellophane says 'Two masters of music combine to produce a rich blend of electronica, nu-jazz and world music'. Get it now
In an era of world fusions and unlikely global collaborations, Jon Hassell continues reformulating the alchemy of his Fourth World music in fascinating and original ways. Maarifa Street is his first electric album in some time, and it's a deliriously seductive brew of Miles Davis-meets-dub stuttered through sampled groove fractures. Drawn from live recordings made over the last few years, the album illustrates Hassell's gift for carving soundscapes in real time, laying his breathy, harmonized trumpet lines across an interior panorama of ambient voodoo jazz.
Ancient Future is a musical ensemble popular in the world music genre. Founded in 1978, it is known for starting world fusion music, blending centuries-old music traditions, along with mixing them with modern music, such as jazz, rock or reggae. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) Get it here
The legendary 1970 Reprise record from Ananda Shankar, one of the first recordings to fuse Eastern and Western musical forms! Shankar came by his artistic innovation honestly; both his parents were renowned dancers and his uncle was Ravi Shankar, and here he explores the connection between Indian and psychedelic music with the use of sitar, tabla and moog. Get it here
This collaboration combines elements of classical composition updated with breakbeats and modern musical influences and for once this doesnt come across as an amalgation of conflicting musical styles but creates a style of its own. Get it here
Originally released in India only, A Musical Discovery boasts tracks ranging from the mellow "Namaskar" to the break-laden "Kaziranga Beat" and haunting "Dawn At Varanasi." A brilliant and very rare album. Get it here