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Reggae Around the World
Various Artists
Reggae Around the World
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Putamayo, known for its "world music lite" compilations, has finally assembled a collection that's nearly as attractive to the ears as the colorful CD package is to the eyes. Roots reggae fans will be pleased to hear Niger...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Reggae Around the World
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Putumayo World Music
Original Release Date: 7/14/1998
Release Date: 7/14/1998
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 790248014227

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Putamayo, known for its "world music lite" compilations, has finally assembled a collection that's nearly as attractive to the ears as the colorful CD package is to the eyes. Roots reggae fans will be pleased to hear Nigeria's Majek Fashek, South Africa's Lucky Dube, and Martinique's Kreyol Syndicate and the top extra-Jamaican acts here upholding reggae's original mission to transform Babylon "shitstem." Seminal Jamaicans Burning Spear and guitarist Ernest Ranglin more than redeem the rep of reggae's birthplace. But one has to question the inclusions of Bob Marley clone Rocky Dawuni, from Ghana, and American folkster Peter Rowan's criminally pallid rendering of Marley's "No Woman No Cry." --Elena Oumano

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Kudos for Putumayo
Rod Saunders | Tulsa, Ok | 10/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Putumayo does it again with an incredible collection of tunes from reggae artists around the world. South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, France, Ghana, USA, and of course Jamaica are all represented in this collaborative album. My personal favorite was Peter Rowan, the former guitarist and vocalist for bluegrass legend Bill Monroe, doing his Americanized rendition of the Bob Marley classic "No Woman No Cry" backed by bluegrass legends like Mark O'Connor and Jerry Douglas. The low point of the album was jazz/reggae fusion guitarist Ernest Ranglin's instrumental "Stop That Train" where a few notes are less than stellar. Still, the concept of an instrumental approach to reggae is an interesting one and lends further credence to the notion that reggae is a state of mind. The attached booklet gives you a good introduction to the artists and the songs to help broaden your horizons on this musical genre. Highly recommended."
Great exposure to reggae from around the world
02/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Putumayo again does a superb job digging up world music gems, in this case bringing us reggae from around the world. For the uninitiated who often think that all reggae sounds the same, you'll be glad you purchased this CD. Great reggae from places far from Jamaica. Highlights include a wonderful instrumental version of "Stop That Train" by the great reggae session guitarist, Ernest Ranglin and a truly unique and moving acoustic version of "No Woman No Cry" by bluegrass maverick and devoted reggae fan, Peter Rowan."
Pefect music for dancing in Central America
08/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We dropped this CD in a player deep in the jungles of Belize in Central America and we danced through the night in a pouring rainstorm....Sonnya and I were soaked by the rain and kept warm by the music and coffee laced with rum....this is the perfect CD if you like your reggae sensual and moving....check it out and bring along someone to dance close with...."