7. Bongo Maffin
Kwaito. Urban South African hip-hop/r'n'b. In other words, entirely fantastic and almost entirely brainless. A lot of fun, and one of my favourite things to hear all year so far.
The throat-singing truly is as fantastic as I thought it was years ago when I first met it.
They took part in Eurovision last year (good grief, was it only last year?) with a song that could've been so much better, but their non-ESC output is the same lovely Irish folk that everyone loves the world over. I was pleasantly surprised at how the lead singer sounds when she's actually singing in tune. And in Irish, for that matter.
7. Habana Abierta
Cuban music done just right, with all that fiery Latin-American sound and the dance rhythms everyone loves. This isn't the Buena Vista by any means - it's louder and it's right under your window.