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Jamaica - the birthplace of rap?

By Daniel Brown

Bruno Blum is the controversial French author who's brought out a book called Rap Was Born in Jamaica. In the publication, the writer explores the role of DJs and their sound systems in laying the foundations for African American rap artists. World Tracks meets the livewire musician in his home in northern Paris to better understand his arguments.

The World Tracks picks of the month for this New Year 2011 JANUARY are:

1) Asmara’s got soul, Asmara All Stars (Outhere), Eritrea/France.

2) Cesaria Evora &, Cesaria Evora (Lusafrica), Cape Verde.

3) Angola Soundtrack: the Unique Sound of Luanda 1968-1976, Various (Analog Africa), Angola.

4) The Sound of Siam, Thailand various (Soundway), Thailand.

5) Kwegne, Kateyece Fotso (Contre-Jour), Cameroon.

6) Best of Lura, Lura (Lusafrica), Cape Verde.

7) Vividly, Pierre Bensusan (Dadgao Music), Algeria/France.

8) Philharmonics, Agnes Obel (PIAS).

9) Farafinko, Ali Keïta (Contre Jour), Germany/Côte d’Ivoire.

10) Remixed, Luisa Maita (Cumbancha), Brazil.

Rootsy riches from Senegal's Senaya and Portugal's Frei Fado d'El Rei

Actitud Maria Marta and Conversa Ribeira - two trios worlds apart

Kleztory and Warsaw Village Band revive eastern European music with a modern twist

Russian Sylvia Vadimova and Tunisian Moufadhel Adhoum: artists flourishing in exile

Thomas Vahle, Congopunq and Cae: French-based musicians explore unchartered territory

Mixing north African and world music - Majid Bekkas, Khader Fahem Mimoun Rafroua and Atef