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Gary A. from COLUMBIA, SC
Reviewed on 8/16/2009...
This CD was a pleasant surprise, as I got it mainly for the Youssou N'Dour track. I was exposed to many other great artists who I had not heard of, but whose music deserves a good listen. Try this disc for exposure to Afro-pop music, it's a good listen.
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An excellent primer for pre-nineties African Music
deltafront | Silverdale, WA United States | 03/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD highglights African Music before Westerners started getting into it and electronics / remixes started getting in the way of decent song structures. "N'Dobine" by Youssou N'Dour is a good starter track, and gives us a more Western taste of things to come; "Keya Rinia" by Ali Baba actually manages to mix harder rock melodies with Jazz and more traditional African textures; the various musics that people oe African descent have helped to influence are now being re-absorped into an African mileu. Kilemi is pure Highlife- good-time music, with an infectuous beat and sparkling horns. "Awungilobolele" is a simple track, just guitar, bass, a few percussion compliments, and vocals, all set to an even simpler story. The compilation closes with "King Sa", a decent, if not slightly meandering, piece. Overall, a good compilation, an excellent primer."