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Top 10 World Music CDs

December , 2006

Set Luna
No Format/Sunnyside

This unheralded album from Youssou N'Dour's back-up singer Julia Sarr and French flamenco guitarist Patrice LaRose caught us by surprise in January, so we profiled them in our March issue. A seemingly odd pairing brought together by life in France, this fusion of European and African music transcends its roots to stand on its own. Sarr explores her own Wolof background while drawing upon jazz phrasing, gospel intonation and a bit of introspective Western pop, LaRose riffs away on acoustic guitar, with a deft touch and an ear for heart-aching melody, as light African percussion and other subtle touches filling out the background. The bar has been set incredibly high for this pair.