Rough Guide: The Music of Africa

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Rough Guide: The Music of Africa

Various Artists - Rough Guide: The Music of Africa
MP3 192 Kbps | October 12, 1999 | Label: World Music Network | 99 Mb
Genre: World| Styles: african, folk

Africa is a musical world unto itself, characterized roughly by an accentuated tradition of rhythm and community. And while this anthology makes no argument for the essence of African music, it's extremely entertaining nonetheless.

Why shouldn't the jittery pleasures of Senegalese mbalax (Cheikh Lo and Youssou N'Dour) rub shoulders with the gorgeously laid-back Afro-Cuban grooves of Guinea's Bembeya Jazz National or Eric Agyeman's punchy Ghanaian highlife? The middle of the disc takes a swing north to check out the pentatonic Nubian style of Ali Hassan Kuban, Ethiopian soul singer Mahmoud Ahmed, and techno-Algerian Hamid Baroudi. There's also rebellious South African star Miriam Makeba at her jazziest and Zimbabwe protest singer Oliver Mtukudzi. There's much more: from Zaire, the quicksilver guitars of Mose "Fan Fan"; the Afro-Congo-Portuguese experience of Mozambique's Orchestra Marrabenta; Toumani Diabate's kora virtuosity… And it's all, as they say, good.

1. Boul Di Tagale - Cheikh Lo
2. We Baba Omncane - Busi Mhlongo
3. Kwala Rumba - Mose 'Fan Fan'
4. Wene U N'ga Yale - Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique
5. Ziwere - Oliver Tuku Mtukudzi
6. Bi Lamban - Toumani Diabate/Ballake Sissoko
7. Desert Roots - Hamid Baroudi
8. Mabrouk Wo Arisna - Ali Hassan Kuban
9. Dera - Mahmoud Ahmed
10. Zarit - Youssou N'Dour
11. Wouloukoro - Bembeya Jazz National
12. Uile Ngoan'a Batho - Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks/Spokes Mashiyane
13. Ao Me Wiasei Mu - Eric Agyeman
14. Tribute Final - Bana
15. We'll Find A Way - Lucky Dube