Mixes: Groovalizacion Radio Best Albums 2017


Last year Groovalizacion Radio selected monthly the best albums for you. What better way to celebrate the new year than looking back at these fine albums from 2017? Out of our selections, we distilled a top 20 from the past year. The higher the album is ranked, the more it is supported by our curators.

Listen to our handy mixtape below to discover these albums and our favourite tracks.

Our top 20 Best albums of 2017:

  1. Blay Ambolley – Ketan (Agogo Records)
  2. Quantic & Nidia Gongora – Curao (Tru Thoughts)
  3. Son Palenque & Michi Sarmiento – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguia (Palenque Records)
  4. TootArd – Laissez Passer (Glitterbeat Records)
  5. Msafiri Zawose – Uhamiaji (Soundway Records)
  6. La Mambanegra – El Callegüeso y Su Mala Maña (Movimientos Records)
  7. ÌFÉ – IIII+IIII (Discos IFA)
  8. They Must Be Crazy – Mother Nature (own)
  9. Dem Juju Poets – Liberated Thoughts (Matasuna Records)
  10. Sibusile Xaba – Open Letter to Adoniah (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)
  11. Magín Díaz – El Orisha de la Rosa (Noname)
  12. Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya (No Format)
  13. Rio Mira – Marimba Del Pacifico (AYA Records)
  14. Eddie Palmieri – Sabiduria (Rope-a-Dope)
  15. Oghene Kologbo – Africa Is The Future (Paris DJs)
  16. Bargou 08 – Targ (Glitterbeat Records)
  17. Dona Onete – Banzeiro (Mais Um Discos)
  18. Lagartijeando – El Gran Poder (Wonderwheel Recordings)
  19. Orchestre Mangelepa– Last Band Standing (Strut Records)
  20. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit Records)


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