I am by no means a scholar on "world music", as it is often labeled. But, I am definitely curious. I love expanding my musical horizons as far as I possibly can, so I got this cd. From the first few notes, the enchantingly simple rythm of this music captivated me. And Oumou's voice is absolutely amazing - she oozes sensuality and purity at the same time. Everything is unique about it. The band includes familiar instruments such as violin, guitar, bass, and bongos, and in addition there is an instrument called kamelngoni, which I really have no idea what it is. But, this combination of instruments is of course not often heard, and therefore, the sound of this music is incredibly stark, refreshing, and unique. If you need a musical treat, a break from the pop/rap/punk that the media incessantly pummels you with, look no further. If you are of those with a hunger that is not pacified with the common, banal, rehashed "music" that is blindlessly followed by those who know no better, get this cd. You will not be dissappointed.