Best of 2007

14. 12. 2007 | Rubriky: Articles,Best of Year,Feature


Ken Hunt


Favourite or most-played new releases of 2007 / alphabetical order

[by Ken Hunt, London] Getting paid for something you’d be doing anyway is a rare privilege. Making
a decent living doing it is an altogether different mater, which is
why we present the fine things from 2007 that made our lives finer and
nourished our minds. These are the things that gave us the greatest
pleasure musically speaking.

Sylvia Barnes / The Colour of Amber / Greentrax
Kaushiki Chakrabarty / Kaushiki / Sense World Music
Fraunhofer Saitenmusik with Haugaard & Høirup / Dreissig / Trikont
Trilok Gurtu & The Arke String Quartet / Arkeology / Promo Music
David Lindley / Big Twang / DL Inc
George Mraz + Iva Bittová / Moravian Gems / Cube-Metier
Jiří Pavlica, Hradišťan and Filharmonie Brno / Chvění / Indies Scope
Martin Simpson / Prodigal Son / Topic
Jenny M. Thomas / Farewell To Olde England Forever / JT
Wenzel / Glaubt nie, was ich singe / Conträr

Historic releases, reissues and anthologies of 2007 / alphabetical order

Anne Briggs / The Time Has Come / Sony-BMG
Fairport Convention / Live At The BBC / Island-Universal
Grateful Dead / Three From The Vault / Grateful Dead Productions
Woody Guthrie / The Live Wire / Woody Guthrie Foundation
‘Peerie’ Willie Johnson / Willie’s World / Greentrax
Clara Rockmore / Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album / Bridge
Ravi Shankar / A Journey Through His Music / Membran Music
Judee Sill / Live In London / Water
Various artists / South IndiaAnthology of Classical Music / Ocora
Gorō Yamaguchi / Shakuhachi Music: A Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky / Nonesuch Explorer

Events of 2007 / chronologically

Plastic People of the Universe, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Trilok Gurtu & The Arke String Quartet, Jazz Café, London
Celebrating Cyril – a tribute to Cyril Tawney, Cecil Sharp House, London
Oysterband, Pizza On The Park, London
Dan Bárta & Illustratosphere, Pulse Festival, London
Ridina Ahmedová, TFF Rudolstadt
Achim Reichel and Band, TFF Rudolstadt
Laurie Anderson and Band, TFF Rudolstadt
A Tribute to Ustad Alla Rakha, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Martin Simpson, Union Chapel, London

Music-related books of 2007

Pete Frame / The Restless Generation / Rogan House
Ben Harker / Class ActThe Cultural and Political Life of Ewan MacColl / Pluto Press
Patrick Humphries / The Many Lives of Tom Waits / Omnibus
Peter Lavezzoli / The Dawn of Indian Music in the WestBhairavi / Continuum
David Robb (Editor) / Protest Song in East and West Germany since the 1960s / Camden House


Petr Dorůžka


Despite we are told by the recording industry that 2007 was difficult year for their business, dozens of independent artists came up with unparalleled gems. I was happy to spread this great music both on radio, press and this website.

Favourite or most-played new releases of 2007 / by most played
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba – Segu Blue / Outhere
Lídia Pujol – Els Amants De Lilith / Resistencia
Sofia Karlsson – Visor Fran Vinden / Amigo
Mahwash – Ghazals Afghans / Accords Croisés
Marta Topferova – Flor Nocturna / World Village
Nidi D’Arac – Salento Senza Tempo / Promo Music
Šaban Bajramović – Mostar Sevdah reunion / Šaban / Snail
Dona Rosa – Alma Livre / Jaro
Acetre – Dehesario / Galielo
Bethany & Rufus – Bethany & Rufus / Daqui

Historic releases, reissues and anthologies of 2007 / by most played

African Virtuosos / The Classic Guinean Guitar Group / Sterns
The Very Best Of Ethiopiques / Manteca
Tabu Ley Rochereau / The Voice Of Lightness / Congo Classic
Bitter Funeral Beer Band with Don Cherry & K. Sridhar – Live In Frankfurt 82 / Country & Eastern

Events of 2007 / chronologically

Oy Divison + Ensemble Iona, Levontin 7, Tel Aviv,
Assurd, Babel Med, Marseille
Maria Kalaniemi, Taiga Festival, Helsinki
Fanfare Ciocarlia with numerous guests, Barbican, London
Lucia Pulido, TFF Rudolstadt
Beata Palya, TFF Rudolstadt
Belén Maya, Archa Theatre, Praha
Taksim Trio + Qawwali Flamenco, Womex, Sevilla
Trilok Gurtu + The Arke String Quartet, Mediterranea Fira Manresa, Spain
Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Red Earth, International Jazz Festival, Praha

Recent music-related books / all worth reading

Steve Lake – Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM / Granta Books
Theodore Levin with Valentina Süzükei – Where Rivers and Mountains Sing / Indiana University Press


Petr Koláček


God bless Czech world music promoters! Despite limited audience they are keep organizing brilliant concerts with enthusiasm. That’s why many first class bands performed in Czech Republic this year.

Favourite or most-played new releases of 2007

CéU – CéU / Six Degrees
Angelique Kidjo – Djin Djin / Razor &Tie
Fanfare Ciocarlia – Queens And Kings / Asphalt Tango
Šaban Bajramovic – Mostar Sevdah reunion / Šaban / Snail
ZVA 12-28 Band – Za fúzy ma poťahaj / Indies Scope

Events of 2007 / chronologically

Lo’Jo, Akropolis, Praha
Ba Cissoko, Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava
CocoRosie, Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava
Zuco 103, Respect Festival, Praha
Tcheka, Akropolis, Praha

check out Petr Koláček’s version with notes in Czech

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