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Golden Afrique Vol.1 [Double CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Network
  • ASIN: B00076PZPC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Les jaloux saboteursMaitre Gazonga, 8:27Album Only
Listen  2. AmieBebe Manga 7:07£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. TaximenAmadou Balake 7:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. ZiboteErnesto Djedje 5:48£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lonlon nyekuDe Mi Amor 5:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Dis-moi la veriteSorry Bamba 6:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Beni haminankoOusmane Kouyate 8:49Album Only
Listen  8. Bolola sanouAmbassadeurs du Motel 4:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Rail BandRail Band 6:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. N'tomanAmbassadeurs International 8:29Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Dissan na m'beraSuper Mama Djombo 5:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Yaye boyeNumber One de Dakar 5:13£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mane kouma xolEtoile De Dakar 4:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. ThielyEtoile De Dakar 5:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. AutorailOrchestra Baobab 7:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Yaye boyeIdy Diop 4:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Warteef jiggeenGuelewar Band Of Banjul 6:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aliou gori-mamiSuper Eagles 2:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gambia - ZambiaSuper Eagles 3:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. PauletteBalla et Ses Balladins 7:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. MalouyameMyriam Makeba 3:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Kadia BluesOrchestre de la paillotte 4:47£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. SambaAmazones de Guinee 4:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. TentembaBembeya Jazz National 8:49Album Only

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It was the most exciting period of recent African history. From the late 1950s onwards, one African country after another gained independence. Independence had its own literature and its own soundtrack. It was the dawning of the golden age of African pop music. In the 1970s and early 1980s, local traditions, modern western styles and instruments combined to create an exciting new sound that expressed the euphoria and pride of a newfound freedom. The Golden Afrique series dives into this vast musical ocean of and comes up with its finest, rarest pearls.

The series opens with music from Guinea, Mali, Guinea-Bissao, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Chad and Senegal – many of the tracks are available on CD for the very first time. Youssou N'Dour takes his first tentative steps, creating the mbalax sound that will later spread around the world, Salif Keita raises his golden voice, Baobab de Dakar and Bembeya Jazz National from Conakry take the big band sound to new heights, the Super Eagles of Gambia sing of African unity, the Amazones de Guinea form the first all-woman big band line-up, Miriam Makeba sings in her own language from her Guinean exile, Super Mama Djombo have to fly from Guinea to Moscow to make their groundbreaking recordings, Maitre Gazonga from Chad has a huge hit and disappears...

From Afrocuban styles to local rhythms, soul and blues influences, Golden Afrique is an exhilarating journey through the musical history of Africa, full of sheer joy and totally danceable. Double CD with information-packed booklet.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 21 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
The perfect soundtrack to the summer - uplifting dance beats to carry your heart and feet away. If you think African music is all griot singers and djembe drummers then this'll blow your mind, and even if you know your stuff this is still an unmissable album.

It's the best of the generally outstanding Network box sets (though rivalled by Desert Blues II). I can't recommend this highly enough. I'm trying to track down other music by the featured artists, but an awful lot has been lost: almost none of these artists were released outside of Africa and all their music was on vinyl alone. There have been a couple of recnt re-releases on CD, but most of this music is limited to a few mouldering vinyl collections and it's fast disappearing. Kudos to Network for pulling this collection together and saving at least something from the graveyards of dead media.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Africa 21 April 2009
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I was urged to buy Golden Afrique Volume 1 when I heard the great Baaba Mal nominate Bebe Manga's 'Amie' as one of the tracks he would play on a desert island. I too fell in love with the track and thereafter decided to hunt it down. It led me to the Golden Afrique Volume 1 and other fantastic African tracks on these 2 CDs. The CDs also comes with a slim booklet - not a book proper - telling you about the artists. You will not be disappointed.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars happy, rich, moving - great stuff 10 Oct 2005
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Grabbed this 2 CD set after reading a great review in a national paper, and boy they weren't wrong. The CD literally bottles the best of African vibe - the simple joy of living, the rhythms, the passions, the sundrenched world, and the sheer variety of culture, ideas and creativity there. Every time you see another depressing story about African povery, hunger or corruption, play a few tracks from this and be reminded that realities are often more complex and nuanced that our first impressions suggest. My only regret is not being able to turn the songs up loud due to decibel policing from the gf.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificently upbeat, danceable music 20 Jun 2005
By Paul R. Farrington-Douglas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This double-CD set cmprises a truly great selection of tracks, almost all from bands once hugely successful in their home lands but which you'll probably never come across anywhere else. Every track blazes sunshine and warmth - it's become one of THE albums I pick to listen to before going to concerts, and no matter how tired I am it has be dancing about the flat like a fool. The first time I heard it I was impressed - and every listen thereafter has made me fonder and fonder of it.

The same publishers produced the Desert Blues box sets, and while volume two of those is even better that this album it's a close-run thing:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The *BEST* compilation of African Pop Music available right now 20 Sep 2006
By A Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first disc includes such hard-to-find gems as _Taximan (not gentille) and _Jaloux Saboteurs_ but it is the second disc that sizzles with pitch-perfect selections that are perfectly sequenced. The sound is beautiful and though Christgau gives the _African Ambience_ disc an A+ and this set only an A, I think he'll change his ratings over time :-).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best compilation out there. 24 Jan 2007
By K. Spindler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a gem! In my opinion, the single best compilation of West African music from the golden age of african music. Authentically African through and through with cut after cut of great tunes. And even for someone like me who owns a great many CDs from this era, this album still constantly surprises and delights. The only negative I can think of to make you hesitate buying this CD is its abnormally high price. But then again, you are getting over 140 minutes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music 25 Jun 2008
By Mbinzi yaHwama - Published on Amazon.com
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Heard these songs while flying South African Airways. I don't know anything about the artists but the music spoke for itself. Very upbeat, danceable songs. There are two disks and each is filled with great tracks. The liner notes are very informative also. They come in English French and German giving a detailed history of the bands replete with pictures of the album covers that the songs came from. I plan to get the entire series off the strength of this one.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My God... 4 Jan 2006
By Rock Mendonça - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After listening carefully to this volume, better (but not less interesting) than volume 2, i can only say a couple of things:

First one: Vive l'Afrique. And especially the West one.

Second: the compilation its excellent itself, but who the hell are these girls Amazones of Guinée!? This track number 13 called Samba is memorable. Djs be aware.
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