Nowadays it is almost universally accepted that the DNA of the
blues can be traced back to Africa. The cross-pollination is a complicated
one with endless different strains, but the cultural and musical trade
routes connecting the blues to West Africa in particular, are unmistakable.
Featuring significant collaborations which explore this link - including
Corey Harris and Ali Farka Touré - alongside pivotal artists such as Afel
Boukoum, Oumou Sangare and Boubacar Traore, 'The Rough Guide To African
Blues' examines this complex and fascinating musical connection.
(4 stars) Features the magnificently-voiced Mariem Hassan and the
storming 60s-style R&B of Ethiopia's Ayalew Mesfin.
-- Songlines, (Nigel Williamson), July/August 2007
(4 stars) This is a fine anthology tracking the resurgent blues
consciousness in African music.
-- The Independent, (Andy Gill), May 4, 2007
Focused on acoustic West Africa, this handsome collection is a
mixture of ancient and new...a gorgeous jumble.
-- The Observer, (Neil Spencer), May 13, 2007