Hard to believe that such a dire and dramatic year could inspire such an abundance of remarkable albums.
Or maybe, on the contrary, the multitude of emotions sparked by the pandemic and our new life’s circumstances might have been the main reasons why musicians were able to write, record and produce those gems.
In any case, as we did in 2017, 2018 & 2019, we listened back to 2020 and handpicked 20 (+1) of the most interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking releases.
Discover our favourites albums of 2020 page-by-page or check the full list below
Click on the covers for the album descriptions
SANTROFI – ALEWA
CHOUK BWA & THE ÅNGSTRÖMERS – VODOU ALÉ
SPOEK MATHAMBO – TALES FROM THE LOST CITIES
THE SORCERERS – IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD
BAB L’BLUZ – NAYDA!
THE LEONARD SIMPSON DUO – LSD
SON ROMPE PERA – BATUCO
ONIPA – WE NO BE MACHINE
LET DRUM BEAT – LUA CHEIA
VARIOUS – LÉVE LÉVE SAO TOMÉ & PRINCIPE SOUNDS 70S-80S
NURI – IRUN
NAT BIRCHALL MEETS ALBREADWINNER – TRADITION DISC IN DUB