2010 Top Ten List Spotlight: Jon Kertzer

When it comes to albums released in 2010, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s pored over them more intensely than a KEXP DJ. So, what were their favorites? Which CDs did they reach for the most, or, uh, “click on” the most in their iTunes players? Find out as KEXP looks at each DJ’s list through the month of December, leading up to our 2010 Top 90.3 Countdown, as voted on by YOU, the KEXP listener! Voting ends on Monday, December 20th, so let us know your favorites now.

photo by Hilary Harris

Jon Kertzer’s 2010 Top Ten Albums

album artist label
AfroCubism AfroCubism World Circuit/Nonesuch
Eritrea’s Got Soul Asmara All-Stars out/here
I Speak Fula Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Next Ambiance/Sub Pop
Love and Death Ebo Taylor Strut
Timbuktu Tarab Khaira Arby Clermont Music
Baba Mo Tunde King Sunny Ade Mesa/Blue Moon/Indigedisc
Shouka Mariam Hassan Nubenegra
Mulatu Steps Ahead Mulatu Astatke Strut
Smod SMOD Because
Secret Agent Tony Allen World Circuit/Nonesuch

Jon Kertzer is the host of The Best Ambiance, airing Monday nights, 6-9PM.

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  1. Tony
    Posted December 8, 2010 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    love and death – a rare afrobeat from the 75 year old Ghanaian legend hitherto unknown. I was among the firist to own a copy and it sounds so good

  2. Gabriel Mintz
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Thank you for playing music from Mali ::)

  3. Ramona Holmes
    Posted December 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jon,
    I hear that Hidmo’s is closing. Where should I send students to hear great African music in Seattle?

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