World Circuit has established its reputation by producing some of the finest world music albums of the past two decades, specialising in music from Cuba and West Africa. The label is best known for the Buena Vista Social Club album and led to the phenomenal rise in popularity of Cuban music. The Buena Vista series continues with solo albums from Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Guajiro Mirabal, and the innovative albums from Cachaíto López and Angá Díaz, which take Cuban music into the new millennium and beyond.
World Circuit’s African artists enjoy equal prestige, with Malian bluesman Ali Farka Touré’s Talking Timbuktu album recorded with Ry Cooder being the album that brought the label international acclaim. Malian diva Oumou Sangare, the legendary Orchestra Baobab and musical maverick Cheikh Lô from Senegal have emerged as major stars at home in Africa and around the globe. Tony Allen, Fela’s Kuti’s legendary drummer and co-creator of Afrobeat has joined the label, and his latest album ‘Secret Agent’ is hopefully just the beginning of a fruitful relationship. World Circuit’s acclaimed Hotel Mandé Sessions has generated incredible critical praise, the trilogy comprises of the duets album from Ali Farka Touré and kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté, Toumani’s pan-African Symmetric Orchestra, and Ali’s posthumous solo recording ‘Savane’ – the second and final recording made by the duo, the long awaited ‘Ali and Toumani’ just released. With these albums World Circuit continue to set the standard with their beautifully produced and packaged albums of the highest quality.