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The Music in My Head
Various Artists
The Music in My Head
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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This soundtrack to a book stands perfectly well alone, picking up some west African classics from the 1970s and '80s, when the music was finding its identity--as well as some obscure gems. This mix is close to perfect--in ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: The Music in My Head
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Stern's Africa
Original Release Date: 9/29/1998
Re-Release Date: 11/10/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 740042108127

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This soundtrack to a book stands perfectly well alone, picking up some west African classics from the 1970s and '80s, when the music was finding its identity--as well as some obscure gems. This mix is close to perfect--in fact, the only clanger is the slick Parisian production from Omar Pene and Super Diamono. There's a young Youssou N'Dour with "Etoile de Dakar"--then the mature man of the '90s--in total command of his music; Salif Keita; and, of course, some classic work from the inimitable Franco. The standout, however, has to be "Etoile 2000," where fuzzed-out, psychedelic guitar meets Afropop, and the percussion adds dub touches; you've never heard anything like this before. A compilation that goes behind the curtain of African music and uncovers the real roots gems. --Chris Nickson
 

CD Reviews

Africa in my head
biljana savic | canada | 06/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know what your image of Africa is, but my isn't the one of safaris, endless sky, magnificent nature, etc. Although I am sure that that too is Africa, in my mind Africa has always been the continent of struggle, street life ,and the ultimate will to survive and live the life to the fullest. Why this introduction? Because when you buy this CD, it won't make you think of Kenya, Karen Blixen, wild life, Lion King, etc. It will introduce you to the reality of life in Africa,the struggles, the streets, the clubs, the night life, nostalgia ,poverty and the artistry that is so often not appreciated or understood in the west. I loved the Cd, not all of it , though. It features many artists from the golden age of Africa pop, the 70's among them: Salif Kaita, Omar Pene, and of course Yusou N'dur. Some of the songs were not so great, but early N'dur or Omar Pene are definitely gems worth listening to."
Essential Afropop Gem!
12/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Buy it now! Probably among the top 3 Afropop compilations ever! Rare, unheard jewels of Afropop (from the 60's & 70's) of the highest order. Has a strong Senegalese leaning (mbalax) and many songs display the playful African-accented bastardization of AfroCuban music so popular at the time. Contains the source recording of the song "Ntoman" (recently re-recorded by Salif Keita on the seminal Africando album, "Mandali")!The best songs are the most obscure. Music recorded for an African audience (not Westernized/ruined)! Mostly culled from tapes- the audio suffers from the source material (format & recording limitations). But is SO well worth it! It will be a most prized addition to your collection."