Russian World Music Chart Announces Top 20 Russian World Music Albums of 2021

The Russian World Music Chart (RWMC), Russia’s premier world music chart, has revealed the top 20 Russian world music albums of 2021. A total of 40 albums from 15 labels participated in the chart in music genres of the world, ethnic and folk, released in 2021, including 12 traditional music albums.

The new world music ranking was launched in October 2021 by Daryana Antipova and Irina Brykova. RWMC’s goal is to draw the attention of the world music community to new folk music from multinational Russia, as well as to popularize and help promote unique musicians from remote corners of Russia. in the Russian Federation and abroad. “With this project, we want to celebrate the world of independent recording, the music label sector and the media that bring artists into the community..”

The international jury, which includes 16 representatives from Australia, Norway, the United States, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the Czech Republic and Russia, will select and announce the top 20 albums by the end of each year. “Among them are radio journalists, authors of musical chronicles in the world’s best publications devoted to folk music. We invite to the jury only experts who are really invested in their rotation or write regularly about Russian artists. For the winners, it’s a real chance to ring the world!”

The best album is “Klyukva” (Cranberry) by Staritsa, an electro-folk group from southwestern Russia. Staritsa recreates traditional music with modern arrangements and electro. The group was founded in the summer of 2019 by Natalia and Oleg Soldatkin.

Top 20 Russian World Music Albums of 2021:

1) Staritsa – Klyukva – CPL-music
2) Vedan Kolod – Gorodische – CPL-music
3) Khöömei Beat – Changys Baglaash – ARC Musique
4) Namgar – Nayan Navaa – ARC music
5) Yat-Kha – We will never die – The Lollipoppe Shoppe
6) Shoodja-Choodja – Shooldyrak – CPL-music
7) Uutai – Dope – March Records
8) Opycham – Where to Find Peace of Mind – Sketis Music
9) Tatyana Molchanova – Songs for Lydia Ruslanova. Part 1 – Self-published
10) Khara – Mandrake – Sketis Music
11) Kazachya sprava – The sun will give birth to tomorrow – Izba records
12) Gudimir & Shulyakovskiy — Russian album — Gudimir
13) Smorodina Reka – Foreshadowing – Self-published
14) Gralitsa – Little mosquitoes are sleeping tonight – Self-published
15) Alexey Khovalyg – Reincarnation – Self-published
16) Mila Kikina – Verbochka – Self-published
17) Ensemble Balkhar – Lakku Balai: Songs of the Lak People, Dagestan / Russia – Antonovka Records
18) Gudba Vadzana – Folk Trip – Self-produced
19) Acoustic boots – Kare – Pravda Music
20) Zakaria – Berge – GvinRecords

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