It's time once again for Georges Collinet and Banning Eyre to spin through our favorite African and African diaspora releases of the year. 2017 has been a knockout, with spectacular new albums, including a collaboration between Mali's Trio da Kali and Kronos Quartet (Ladilikan), the debut of Madagascar's super trio Toko Telo (Toy Raha Toy), Oumou Sangare's comeback (Mogoya), a killer live set of Garifuna pop from Aurelio (Darandi) and the long-awaited second album from Zimbabwe's hottest young band Mokoomba (Luyando.) Plus we sample new recordings by legendary African big bands--Afrisa, Baobab, Les Mangelepa—Afro-Americana from Ranky Tanky to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Latin roots music from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela, and of course lots of kicking Afrobeats tunes from the bustling cities of West Africa. Female artists dominate the stage in our 2017 year-end roundup. More disciplined media outlets might give you a Top 10. Not us. We're doing our best to give the nod to some 50 great releases! A whirlwind feast for the ears, and a wide range of gift suggestions for the holiday season.