The National International Top 20 of 2020



1 Lido Pimienta Lido Pimienta Can Con
Miss Colombia - (Anti-)
https://lidopimienta.com/ Band Website @LidoPimienta |

Lido Pimienta’s masterpiece, Miss Columbia, finds the Toronto-based Afro/Indigenous/Colombian/Canadian musician and visual artist building on the “nu” intersection of electronica and cumbia established in her first two albums. Introspective and optimistic, complex, emotional, and powerfully original, Pimienta calls the album “a really good representation” of where she is now and where she’s ready to go next.  

Pimienta realized her vision for Miss Columbia with help from a global array of artists. Collaborators include Toronto musician Matt Smith – aka Prince Nifty, Afro-Columbian artisans Sexteto Tabalà, Liliana Samuet, vocalist of the Colombian electro-vacilon band Bomba Estereo, Santiago de Chile’s indie artist Andrés Nusser, Halifax musician and producer Robert Drisdelle, Columbians Grupo De Danzas Kumbe and Raíces de Palenque, Toronto’s Road to Avonlea Choir, and many others.

Miss Columbia is up for a 2021 Grammy Award in the category of Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. The winner will be announced on January 31st.

By Catherine Fisher

Weeks at no.1: Jun 30, 2020 | Jun 23, 2020 | Jun 16, 2020 | Jun 9, 2020 | Jun 2, 2020 | May 12, 2020 | May 5, 2020 |

2

 Antibalas Antibalas
Fu Chronicles - (Daptone)

http://www.antibalas.com/ Band Website @Antibalas

3

Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience
To Know Without Knowing - (Agogo)



4

 SOTOMAYOR SOTOMAYOR
Or�genes - (Wonderwheel)

@sotomayormusic

5

 Toronto Tabla Ensemble Toronto Tabla Ensemble Can Con
Unexpected Guests - (Self-Released)

https://torontotabla.com/ Band Website @TablaEnsemble

6

Alvaro Rojas Alvaro Rojas Can Con
Gran Kasa - (Self-Released)

https://alvarorojasmusic.bandcamp.com/ Band Website

7

Chelsea Stewart Chelsea Stewart Can Con
Chelsea Stewart - (Self-Released)

https://www.facebook.com/chelseastewartfanpage Band Website @cstewartsings

8

 Jah9 Jah9
Note To Self - (VP Records)

www.jah9.com Band Website @Jah9

9

 Keleketla! Keleketla!
Keleketla! - (Ahead Of Our Time)

https://keleketla.bandcamp.com/ Band Website

10

 Pantayo Pantayo Can Con
Pantayo - (Telephone Explosion)

https://pantayo.bandcamp.com/ Band Website @pantayo

11

 Ceu Ceu
APK�! - (Six Degrees)

http://www.myspace.com/ceuambulante Band Website @ceumusic

12

 Sultans Of String Sultans Of String Can Con
Refuge - (Self-Released)

http://www.sultansofstring.com/ Band Website @sultansofstring

13

 Karavan Sarai Karavan Sarai
Torn In Love - (Electrofone Music)

https://www.karavansaraimusic.com/ Band Website

14

Sergio Mendes Sergio Mendes
In The Key Of Joy - (Concord)

https://sergiomendesmusic.com/ Band Website @sergiomendes

15

 Toots And The Maytals Toots And The Maytals
Got To Be Tough - (Trojan Jamaica/BMG)

http://www.tootsandthemaytals.org/ Band Website @tootsmaytals

16

 Mestizo Beat Mestizo Beat
Canoga Madness - (California Soul)

https://mestizobeat.com/ Band Website

17

Ramon Chicharron Ramon Chicharron Can Con
Pescador de sue�os - (Self-Released)

https://en.ramonchicharron.com/ Band Website @ramonchicharron

18

 Weak Size Fish Weak Size Fish Can Con
The Drift - (Self-Released)

https://weaksizefish.bandcamp.com/ Band Website @weaksizefish

19

Pierre Kwenders & Cl�ment Bazin Pierre Kwenders & Cl�ment Bazin Can Con
Classe Tendresse - (Nowadays)

@pierrekwenders & @clementbazin_

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Vusi Mahlasela Vusi Mahlasela
Shebeen Queen - (ATO)

https://www.vusimahlasela.com/ Band Website @vusimahlasela