World Circuit Records has established its reputation by producing some of the finest albums of the past three decades, specialising in music from Cuba and West Africa but also introducing audiences to a diverse range of exceptional music from other corners of the globe.
The label is best known for the Grammy-winning ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ album, which at over 8 million copies is the biggest selling ‘world’ music album of all time, and contributed to the phenomenal rise in popularity of Cuban music. The extraordinary acclaim of the original album also provided a launchpad for solo albums from the Grammy-winning Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Rubén González, Guajiro Mirabal, as well as innovative albums from Cachaíto López and Angá Díaz, both of which helped redefine Cuban music for the 21st century.
World Circuit is also home to a number of prestigious African artists. Legendary Malian blues pioneer Ali Farka Touré’s classic Grammy-winning ‘Talking Timbuktu’, recorded with Ry Cooder, brought the label early international acclaim. Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré, the revered kora player Toumani Diabaté, the legendary Orchestra Baobab, and musical maverick Cheikh Lô from Senegal have all emerged as major stars around the globe. World Circuit launched the careers of Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara and Trio Da Kali, and, more recently, released the critically acclaimed collaboration between Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela, ‘REJOICE’, as well as Afel Bocoum’s celebrated ‘Lindé’.
World Circuit continues to lead in producing and releasing highest quality music from around the world, with further new releases and classic reissues planned for 2021 and beyond.