Although in the past Ponty was guilty of occasional bombast, here he reins in those tendencies and delivers a brilliant album of West African flavored jazz, complemented by a highly talented group of performers. The most famous of these is Brice Wassy who has played with many African, American, and European musicians.
The compositions are mostly originals, with one written by Salif Keita. The title track was also recorded by the South African band Anampondo, but the treatment here is decidedly more interesting. Vocals play a large part on the album--and they are excellent--but they absolutely do not overshadow the impressive musicianship on display. Ponty's violin and keyboards blend with the Africans' tasty percussion, guitar, and bass.
This is a great album to listen to, dance to, pick yourself up by, revel in, and most of all, enjoy. The tunes are often catchy, the arrangements are well thought out, and the overall feeling is exuberant.