Jamaican dancehall star Buju Banton, flamenco master Paco De Lucia and energetic Cuban band ¡Cubanismo! deliver new releases this relatively slow summer week.
Music from Indonesia, Senegal and Spain will also hit stores.
Young Galician piper Susana Seivane, from Celtic-influenced northern Spain, unleashes her eponymous U.S. debut on Green Linnet. She plays a mixture of traditional and contemporary compositions on tracks such as "Xota Dos 28 Puntos" (RealAudio excerpt). New Yorkbased kora player and singer Vieux Diop, from Senegal, releases Afrika Wassa (Triloka), his third solo album. And Sabah Habas Mustapha, formerly of the eccentric world-music pioneers 3 Mustaphas 3, continues his exploration of Indonesian popular music on So-La-Li (Omnium), which includes "Buni Chen" (RealAudio excerpt).
Buju Banton, a leading figure of Jamaica's dancehall scene, returns with two albums. Unchained Spirit (Epitaph) finds him dueting with singers such as Beres Hammond and Luciano, while the more modestly budgeted Flames of Freedom arrives on the Artists Only label.
¡Cubanismo!, luminaries of the new generation of Cuban musicians, explore the Cuba-New Orleans connection on Mardi Gras Mambo (Hannibal), which contains rumbafied versions of such Crescent City chestnuts as "Mother-in-Law" and the title track (RealAudio excerpt).
Spanish guitar virtuoso De Lucia offers España en una Guitarra (Orfeon), an exploration of flamenco's roots in Spanish traditional music.
Velas releases Aos Vivos, the 1995 live album that made singer Chico César a star in Brazil. Venerable Venezuelan rockers the Terricolas, a quartet whose name translates as "earth dwellers," get the greatest-hits treatment on Exitos, volumes one and two (Universal Latino), while salsa star Luis Enrique releases Evolucion (WEA International).
Veteran Jamaican reggae band Inner Circle best known for "Bad Boys," the theme song to the television show "Cops" continue their 32-year career with their 21st album, Big Tings (VP). And the reggae diaspora is acknowledged in the budget-priced compilation Reggae Over Africa (Music Club).
Music From the Tea Lands (Putumayo) collects tracks from Asia. Rang Desh (Koch Schwann) is the latest album by Indian classical sarod player Wajahat Khan. Celebrated Turkish ney (flute) player Kudsi Erguner's 1990 disc, Sufi Music of Turkey, (Times Square) is reissued.
And for those who can't decide whether to go Irish or Andean this week, Celtic Panpipe Moods (Edeltone) combines both musics on a single disc.