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Youssou N'Dour - 7 Seconds: The Best Of Youssou N'Dour (2004) [Re-Up]

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Youssou N'Dour - 7 Seconds: The Best Of Youssou N'Dour (2004) [Re-Up]

Youssou N'Dour - 7 Seconds: The Best Of Youssou N'Dour (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 523 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Afro-Pop, Worldbeat, West African | Label: Sony Greece/Ελευθεροτυπία | 01:15:41

This 16-track compilation covers Senegalese singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Youssou N'Dour's Columbia Records period, from 1991 to 1996. Perhaps the most popular pop culture figure in Senegal's history, N'Dour created a music of his own from various sources, which he called "mbalax" and which incorporates everything from jazz, soul, hard R&B styles, hip-hop, and even Cuban samba, and juxtaposes them with the folk melodies and polyrhythms of his native land. The cuts here, particularly "Old Man," "New Africa," "Yo le Le, (Fulani Rhythm)," and the covers of Smokey Robinson's "Don't Look Back," and Lennon and McCartney's "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da," reveal N'Dour's idiosyncratic, yet very accessible grasp and integration of Western and African pop styles.

Osibisa - Happy Children (1973)

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Osibisa - Happy Children (1973)

Osibisa - Happy Children (1973)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 229 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 85 Mb | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 7599-26863-2 | Time: 00:37:17
Afrobeat, High-Life, Afro-Pop, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock

Many bands were bringing international influences into rock in the early '70s, but no one fused funk, Afro-Cuban jazz and rock quite like Osibisa. Sophisticated horn arrangements, driving bass lines, African chants, tribal beats this 1973 LP is one of Osibisa's best: Take Your Trouble Go; Bassa Bassa; Happy Children; Fire, and more!

Angelique Kidjo - Aye (1994) {Island}

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Angelique Kidjo - Aye (1994) {Island}

Angelique Kidjo - Aye (1994) {Island}
EAC 1.5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 334MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 125MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Afro-Pop, Worldbeat, West African, Synth-Pop

Angelique Kidjo has alienated some musicians and fans who want her to do traditional African music rather than mix and match her slashing delivery with rock, R&B and pop elements and arrangements. But Kidjo doesn't want to do a strictly African date. She recorded five numbers at Paisley Park studios, and they reflect the punchy guitar and synth-dominated Minneapolis sound. The other five tunes were recorded in London, with both a dance-soul flavor and nice horn backing and arrangements. Kidjo hasn't done a sellout album, despite singing in English on some cuts (another move designed to anger some of the hardcore). Rather, she's trying to link all her interests and do a respectable pop effort with some African elements.

Geoffrey Oryema - Beat The Border (1993)

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Geoffrey Oryema - Beat The Border (1993)

Geoffrey Oryema - Beat The Border (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Label: Real World Records | # CDRW37, 7243 8 39066 2 8 | Time: 00:41:40
Worldbeat, Ethnic Fusion, Afro-Pop, Ambient, Pop/Rock

Beat the Border is the second studio album from Ugandan artist Geoffrey Oryema. It was released in 1993 through the Real World label. Notable collaborators to Oryema on this album include Jean-Pierre Alarcen (Lead guitar), Brian Eno, Manu Katché and Ayub Ogada. The album evokes the spirit and culture of Africa for those who live in first world countries.

Rokia Traoré - Tchamantché (2008) {Universal}

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Rokia Traoré - Tchamantché (2008) {Universal}

Rokia Traoré - Tchamantché (2008) {Universal}
EAC 1.0b1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 400dpi | 326MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 106MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: African Folk, Afrobeat, World Music

Rokia Traore has changed direction once again, with dramatic results. In the five years since her last album, Bowmboi, she has toured the US celebrating the life of Billie Holiday, and written a new work - an African response to the life of Mozart - for the maverick director Peter Sellars. Now comes an intriguing, sophisticated and often intimate set that is quite unlike any of the other great music Mali has produced. Many of the songs are built around her subtle and bluesy electric-guitar work, but also make use of the classical western harp and African ngoni, though no longer the balafon. The result is an exquisitely recorded set that manages to sound contemporary but still distinctively African. It's remarkable mostly because of the quality and range of her singing, which can be quietly slinky and personal, rousing, as well as breathy.

Osibisa - Mystic Energy (1980)

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Osibisa - Mystic Energy (1980)

Osibisa - Mystic Energy (1980)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 461 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Afrobeat, Afro-Pop, Funk | Label: Mau Mau Records | # MAUCD614 | Time: 01:08:11

On this 1980 album, Osibisa drifted yet further toward an R&B dance-pop direction than they had on their previous studio record, Ojah Awake. Of course they weren't alone among popular recording artists in making concessions to disco during this era, and they didn't bury their African roots. It was still a somewhat dispiriting trend, and while much of the band's characteristic blend of African and Western influences remained intact, the songs – all of them around five minutes long, and relying on grooves more than content – were kind of blah. "Celebration" is about as close to a conventional soul-funk-disco track as the band got, and seems more like an Earth, Wind & Fire outing than an Osibisa one. At other points, the elements get more eclectic, creative, and (by Western pop standards) exotic; "Africa We GoGo" is reasonably convincing Africanized funk.

VA - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1985) Reissue 1989

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VA - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1985) Reissue 1989

VA - The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1985) Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb
Label: Shanachie | # SH 43033 | Time: 00:45:51 | Scans included
Genre: South African Traditions, Afro-Pop, Mbaqanga

The Indestructible Beat of Soweto is a compilation album released in 1985 on the Earthworks label, featuring musicians from South Africa, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Mahlathini. The album was placed in the top 10 in the annual Pazz & Jop poll in the magazine The Village Voice. AllMusic calls it "an essential sampler of modern African styling, a revelation and a joy." Leading critic Robert Christgau gave it an A+ rating, and called it the most important record of the 1980s. It was ranked number 388 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.