2004 annual list of the WMCE is compiled not only from the top ranking CDs during 2004 , but from the all nominations in all 12 months.

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COPYRIGHT!!! : www.worldmusicnight.com The top ten of 127 nominated records

1  AMASSAKOUL Last month:26 Tinariwen Mali Triban Union/Universal/Wrasse

2  THE LIVING ROAD Last month:1 Lhasa Canada Warner Jazz

MZANSI MUSIC - YOUNG URBAN SOUTH AFRICA Last month:97 V.A. South Africa Trikont

4  SOUNDS OF OUR LIFE - PART 1 Last month:4 Armenian Navy Band Armenia Heaven & Earth

5  SALT Last month:3 Arto Lindsay USA Righteous Baby

6  GLOBAL HIP HOP Last month:10 V.A. various Manteca

7  MUDANIN KATA Last month:11 David Darling & The Wulu Bunun USA/Taiwan Riverboat

8  HOTEL VIETNAM Last month: - - Blue Asia Japan/Malaysia/Vietnam King Records

9  THE ROUGH GUIDE TO ITALIA NOVA Last month:8 V.A. Italia World Music Network

10  FLOR DE AMOR Last month:24 Omara Portuondo Cuba World Circuit

11 ALONG THE PATH Last month:7 Eastenders Germany/various Poets Club

12 450 SHEEP Last month:14 Zdob Shi Zdub Moldavia Warner

13  WORDS Last month: - - Geoffrey Oryema Uganda Next Music

14  MARES PROFUNDOS Last month:6 Virginia Rodrigues Brazil Edge Music/Deutsche Grammophon

15  RUSSENSOUL Last month:53 V.A. Russia Trikont

16  NU EUROPE Last month:20 V.A. various Manteca

17  TRUE LOVE Last month:87 Toots & The Maytals Jamaica/various V2

18  RUKE Last month: - - Darko Rundek & Cargo Orkestar Croatia Piranha

19  BODJAL Last month:51 Ale Möller Band Sweden Amigo

20  MITSOURA Last month:9 Mitsou Hungary Mitsoura Production


Arto sings, accompanying himself on the traditional six-stringed sazebo, solos on the traditional double-reed duduk, and plays percussion. He has arranged 11 original compositions for a dynamic world music experience with this ensemble of 10 players.

Known most widely for his percussion work with jazz artists, such as Joe Zawinul, Al Di Meola, Chet Baker and Oregon, as well as with Greek artists such as Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Arto puts forth here for the first time the complete spectrum of his multi-faceted abilities.

Arto Tuncboyaciyan is a percussionist and singer who has assembled a dozen of Armenia’s finest musicians to form the Armenian Navy Band – the irony, in case you missed it, is Armenia is a landlocked country, but the acceptance of his audience and fans have become his ocean (his words, not mine). His sleeve notes are riddled with equally nonsensical new-age nuggets (‘I never fight against nature because I have never seen an “old fashioned orange”’!).

The music, however, more eloquently reflects his talent and freedom of spirit, with a style that is a varied mix of modern jazz and traditional sounds, or, as Arto prefers to call it, ‘Avant Garde Folk’. Probably best that he lets the music speak for itself.

"Music is the sound of my life. I don’t pretend to lead anyone. I leave it up to one’s imagination.

What I try to express is love, respect and the truth."

Naregatsi Art Institute © 2006. Arto Tuncboyaciyan. All rights reserved.