World Circuit

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World Circuit Records have established their reputation by producing some of the finest world music albums of the past two decades, specialising in music from Cuba and West Africa. The label is best known for the GRAMMY winning Buena Vista Social Club album, which is the biggest selling world music album of all time, and led to the phenomenal rise in popularity of Cuban music. The Buena Vista series continues with solo albums from the GRAMMY winning Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Guajiro Mirabal, and the innovative albums from Cachaíto López and Angá Díaz, which take Cuban music into the new millennium and beyond.

World Circuit’s African artists enjoy equal prestige, with Malian bluesman Ali Farka Touré’s GRAMMY winning Talking Timbuktu album recorded with Ry Cooder being the album that brought the label international acclaim. Malian diva Oumou Sangare, the legendary Orchestra Baobab and musical maverick Cheikh Lô from Senegal have emerged as major stars at home in Africa and around the globe. World Circuit’s acclaimed Hotel Mandé Sessions has generated incredible critical praise, the trilogy comprises of the GRAMMY winning duets album from Ali Farka Touré and kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté, Toumani’s pan-African Symmetric Orchestra, and Ali’s final posthumous solo recording ‘Savane’.

In 2006 World Circuit celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of ‘World Circuit Presents…’ a double CD collection of classic favourites alongside previously unreleased gems from the archives. With these albums World Circuit continue to set the standard with their beautifully produced and packaged albums of the highest quality.

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  • nopamuk

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    March 2011
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    February 2010
  • smee85

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    December 2009
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    November 2009
  • Timjimuk

    Did you know there is now a special 'Buena Vista Social Club' music tour of Cuba arranged by Songlines Magazine? http://songlines.co.uk/musictravel/tours-festivals/music-of-cuba-09.php . Includes a visit to Santiago de Cuba home of Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo and Eliades Ochoa with your tour guide Philip Sweeney (author of Rough Guide to Cuban Music).

    June 2009
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    May 2009
  • Degarmo

    amazing label

    September 2008
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