Amoeba Hollywood World Music Charts

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 3, 2009 12:57am | Post a Comment
Since I skipped October’s World Music bestseller chart last month, I decided to make a comprehensive chart that includes the best sellers for both October and November.

1. Poncho Sanchez - Psychedelic Blues
2. Shakira - She Wolf
3. Bomba Estereo – Blow Up
4. Rodrigo Y Gabriela –11:11
5. Bebel Gilberto – All In One
6. Gustavo Cerati – Fuerza Natural
7. Mercedes Sosa – Cantora
8. Aventura – Last
9. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Echos Hypnotiques Vol. 2
10. Buika - El Ultimo Trago

Both Poncho Sanchez and Bomba Estereo had recent successful instore performances at Amoeba Hollywood and their chart positions reflect that, with each of them coming in at number one and three respectfully. Shakira was a no-brainer at number two, as people have been waiting for She Wolf since rumors of its release over the summer. Her chart position is a cumulative number based on sales of the import version and the domestic release. Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bebel Gilberto, Gustavo Cerati, Aventura and Mercedes Sosa continue to sell well into December. Wow, can you believe it is December already?

Here is a chart just for the month of November:

1. Bomba Estereo-Blow Up
2. Shakira-She Wolf
3. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou-Echos Hypnotiques Vol. 2
4. V/A -Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-91
5. Buika–El Ultimo Trago
6. Rodrigo Y Gabriela –11:11
7. V/A - Panama! Vol.3
8. Poncho Sanchez -Psychedelic Blues
9. Bebel Gilberto –All In One
10. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos–Cantan En Español

Soundway Records has two new compilations on the charts. At number four is Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-91, which comes in a two CD set or a five LP set with tracks not available on the CD. I have to say the LP set looks mighty impressive and I just might have to drop some bones for that one. At number seven is the third volume of Panama! Series, which I have dropped some money on and it was well worth it. The Panama! Series seems to get better with each volume.

Buikas latest, El Ultimo Trago, is a tribute to the great Costa Rican/Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Buika's tribute comes from all the right places. Not only can both singers interpret songs like no other (mostly singing songs traditionally meant for men to sing for women) but both are open with their sexuality, as Vargas has been out for many years and Buika is bisexual. Chavela calls Buika “my black daughter” and says, “She has the most amazing and personal voice I have heard in many years.” El Ultimo Trago is also a collaboration between Buika and Chucho Valdes, the infamous Cuban pianist, who I compare most to Herbie Hancock as far as diversity in compositional skills and arrangements. With Chucho's guidance, Buika is able to bring to life all the classic rancheras and boleros that Chavela has made popular since her first recordings in the early sixties.

Some new releases to watch out for December are Manu Chao’s two CD/one DVD live album, Baionarena, Alejandro SanzParaiso Express and Draco Rosa’s Draco.

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