King Sunny Ade, Cheikh Lô Top Week's Releases

New music from Nigeria, Senegal, Pakistan, Latin America and SouthPacific due in stores.

Nigerian juju icon King Sunny Ade,

up-and-coming Senegalese singer Cheikh

and the late qawwali giant Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan all have new records in a strong week for world releases.

Also this week, Jai Uttal, the

Indian-influenced American multi-instrumentalist, releases Spirit

Room (Triloka), a best-of culled from his four releases for the


Ade's Seven Degrees North (V2), his first U.S. release since

1998's Odu, features the mellifluous guitars, talking drums and

trademark pedal steel guitar — as on "Samba" (


excerpt) — that have made him a star in Nigeria as well as

one of the world's best-known non-Western artists. And Lo's Bambay

Gueej (World Circuit/Nonesuch) sees the light of day after being

postponed for several months. The protégé of Senegalese

star Youssou N'Dour (who co-produced the record) emphasizes the Cuban influence that runs through N'Dour's mbalax sound on tracks such as "M'Beddemi." The record features James Brown arranger Pee Wee Ellis on saxophones.

Khan, the most visible proponent of South Asian qawwali, possessed a

uniquely passionate voice he employed for intense devotional music. His

posthumous Dust to Gold (Real World) — which includes

"Khawaja Tum Hi Ho" ("Master It Is Only You") (

href="">RealAudio excerpt) — was recorded in his hometown of Lahore, Pakistan, just prior to his death in 1997.

Other new African releases include South African vocalist

color="#003163">Lungiswa's debut, Ekhaya (M.E.L.T.

2000), while producer Frederic

Galliano remixes such Mali singers as

color="#003163">Nahawa Doumbia on Frikyawa Collection,

Volume 1 (Six Degrees). The staccato singing of South Africa's Sotho people can be heard on Africa Today: Best Comtemporary Sotho Folk Music. Farther north, Fifth Sun — a collaboration of producers Greg Hunter and Amir Abel

Magid — present cutting-edge Egyptian pop on Sout el

Leil (M.E.L.T. 2000).

New Latin releases include Historia Viva (Lidires Entertainment)

by Argentine rock star Sandro, as

well as a pair of albums in RCA

International's Cuban Originals series by vocalist


Alfaro and violinist Enrique

Jorrin. RCA also offers Mexican bolero singer

color="#003163">Guadalupe Pineda's Guadalupe Pineda Con

los Trios del Siglo, and the musica de trio of

color="#003163">Julito Rodriguez and the anthology

Homenaje al Trio Los Panchos. Farther south, Brazilian

percussionist Airto releases his

long-awaited Airto Presents: Code Brazil (M.E.L.T. 2000).

Elsewhere, the Native American singer Delhpine

Tsinajinne releases Mother's Word (Canyon). The World

Music Network continues to issue companion compilations to the Rough

Guide series of travel and music books. Its latest titles include The Music of Mali and New Guinea, The Music of Scandinavia and The Music of Hawaii. Music of the Pacific Islands can also be heard on the Rounder reissue, Hula Blues: Vintage Steel Guitar.