Various Artists - 80s World Music Classics (Nascente)
Gosh, this is good. Compiled by various aficionados, and prompted by a conversation with the late (and utterly great) Charlie Gillett, this two disc set provides a wonderful overview of 1980's World Music, much of it instantly familiar to both hardcore fans, and those of us who were merely curious, who flirted with the concept and bought records by The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir and the Bhundu Boys (both represented here).
Other giants of the genre(s) are littered throughout the collection - Ofra Haza, Baaba Maal, Orchestra Baobab, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Youssou N'Dour, etc. - often performing material that strikes directly at the memory centres which control the hairs on the back of the neck. Sure it's a trip down memory lane, and quite possibly an exercise in pure nostalgia, but we're hardly overwhelmed with musical reminders of such quality and variety, and astonishingly, it still sounds as vibrant and fresh as it did all those years ago.