They made our year! Here is a shortlist of the albums chosen by Qwest TV's journalists amongst the best releases of 2018.
Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró was recorded in 1999 but remained unreleased until this year. The legendary o Broxo magnifies tradition while displaying dizzying instrumental sophistication.
After going down the “Ethio crunch” route (mix between Ethio-jazz and rock) in their first two albums the duo, hailing from Lyon and Ethiopia enter a cosmic dimension on Yeketelale, released by Buda music.
The youngest son of Fela Kuti carries his father's mantle as bandleader for Egypt 80. The album Black Times is nominated for the 61st Grammy Awards.
The four Paris-based musicians offer a new approach to Venezuelan music. Their first album, La Candela Del Rio, flows like an incandescent musical river.