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  • Audio CD (6 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B002C6K80C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. El Gatillo (Trigger Revisited)
2. La Vida Tombola
3. Africa Lando
4. Nguenda
5. Carimbó
6. Zen
7. No habra nadie en el mundo
8. Taguerebet
9. La Loi
10. Matsotsi
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Umam' Uyajabula
2. Mérua
3. Don't Go Dancin' Down The Darktown Strutter's Ball
4. Un Été À Vodelée
5. Shukar Feriza
6. Tierra Colorada
7. Beni Beni
8. Otro Mundo
9. Hong Kong
10. Zászló (Flag)
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD Description

The latest installment to Charlie Gillett’s acclaimed compilation series Sound Of The World, 2009’s Sound Of The World presents: Otro Mundo takes us to all the corners of the musical world, with some of the greatest names in world music, such as Manu Chao, Rokia Traoré, Oumou Sangare, Miriam Makeba, and Šaban Bajramović, as well as Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz, Chiwoniso from Zimbabwe, Portuguese fado star Mariza, Angolan singer Bonga, nu-flamenco vocalist Buika, and Arizona’s Calexico.

BBC Review

At a time when world music is at a low ebb in terms of sales (and the music industry itself is arguably under attack from cyberspace), it's a relief that its leading patron saint is still releasing his annual compilations.

For the past ten years, BBC radio DJ Charlie Gillett has meticulously compiled selections of the best or most requested tracks aired on his radio shows. This year's edition is called Otro Mundo ('Another World') and it’s as reliable a guide as ever to what's worth checking out.

Even those well versed in the field will appreciate the odd delectable discovery. The sequencing makes nattily intuitive and sometimes surprising connections between genres, such as the way Australian-born CW Stoneking's New Orleans-modelled blues is followed by Benin's similarly influenced Gangbe Brass Band. Yet Gillett manages to avoid what you might call the 'Putumayo effect' – a seemingly diverse collection of tracks put together in a way that somehow manages to homogenise them. See any compilation on the Putumayo label for an example.

That said, no music fan is without their stylistic blind spots, and if Gillet has one it's Asian music, which this year doesn't get a look in, unless you count Gorillaz's Hong Kong. I don't. The Spanish language title kind of gives the game away, and the bias is, always, in favour of Afro, Latin and European sounds, with the Middle East possibly better represented than usual.

Gillet's enjoyable sleeve notes offer a personal touch, with short sketches of each artist and pertinent explanations of his choices, such as the way he avoids tracks already given exposure on other collections. There's the usual mix of those artists who’ve regularly appeared in the past (Mariza, Manu Chao, Issa Bagayogo, etc), or recently died (Miriam Makeba, Saban Bajramovic) and plenty of newcomers.

The passion he maintains for this music is obvious from his closing comments: “It is a scandal that all these artists are so completely and utterly sidelined and ignored by people who should know better…what else do these artists have to do for their work to be rightfully acknowledged?” --Jon Lusk

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Wyatt on 24 Aug. 2009
A superb double album CD set, with a great range of excellent pieces of music....tremendous quality & variety, really energising but also thoughtful: one of the best purchases I have made in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. S. Evans on 6 Aug. 2009
always the best compilation albums Charlie Gillett has done it again. While not the best of the last decade this is still an excellent introduction to the years best albums in the world genre
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Owen on 1 Sept. 2009
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This series is a brilliant idea introducing listeners to music from across the world that they are very unlikely to hear anywhere else. But beware - one man's wailing may be another man's great song! I tend to prefer up tempo music and the first CD opens thrillingly with a Tex-Mex rocker El Gatillo by Calexico followed by La Vida Trombola by Manu Chao. The CD cover describes the process of choosing the songs and then says that a running order naturally suggests itself. To my ears this gives a selection of dirges all together on parts of the 2nd CD and I found it very hard listening. No doubt they are all good songs taken in isolation.....but together? The UK selected song is 'Hong Kong' by Gorillaz. Charlie Gillett no doubt revels in his ability to clutch the obscure but I do wonder how much better the selections could have been from other countries if this is presented as the best effort from the UK.

Beauty is in the ear of the beholder and any praise or condemnation of this twin CD will be very much a personal view. I don't think I have ever been so excited by the start of a CD and yet so disappointed by the end. More than most CDs, I think it is wise to listen to samples before deciding whether to splash your cash!
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