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Top 10 World Music CDs

December , 2006

New Tones

Far more than just a U.S.-based Afrobeat ensemble, NOMO (yes, all caps) are a hyper-innovative groove unit who occasionally feature a vocalist, but chose to make this astonishing second album an entirely instrumental effort. Their instrumentation includes electric kalimba and something called "electric sawblade gamelan" alongside horns and guitars that sound straight off a Fela album circa 1982. Our party album of the year, this disc makes it absolutely impossible to stay in your seat.