Willem Vink

Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (198 of 206)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,544,329 - Total Helpful Votes: 198 of 206
A Land of Two Halves: An Accidental Tour of New Ze&hellip by Joe Bennett
44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
I first read this book a year ago, almost by chance; we were planning a 6-month stay in New Zealand, and the community library didn't have much else. Remember being amused by it, enjoying it a lot. Yes it is patchy and inconsistent, as another reviewer comments; what that reviewer fails to mention is that the book was written as a series of newspaper columns. It wasn't intended to be coherent; it didn't annoy me.

This is one of those books that make a bigger impact after reading than during. Whilst in New Zealand, it lingered in my memory. I felt I had a greater affinity with the place because of it. I've now bought it and am rereading it, with more pleasure than the first time… Read more
In the heart of the moon ~ Ali Farka Toure
In the heart of the moon ~ Ali Farka Toure
63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
I've got most of Ali Farka Toure's and Toumani Diabate's catalogue and some of what they have done rates among my favourite music. Ever. I have seen them both live. And without a shadow, I would consider them to be among the most pre-eminent musicians working today. Reason enough to hugely look forward to this recording.
It's easy, though, to get carried away by hyperbole. They themselves know this; in Africa, musicians may be respected or even revered (as these two rightly are), but there is no cult of the superstar, no adulation or pretension. I think it's similarly easy to exaggerate the quality of musicianship on this recording - it's not the best that… Read more
Soul of Angola Anthology: 1965-1975 ~ Various Artists
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough?, 25 Nov 2005
Some people know a few things about African music. A few people know a lot. A handful of fanatics and experts know even more. Most of what they know is West African music, or Congolese music, or Southern African music.
Well, I'm not an expert, but I suspect that even those who would consider themselves as such will not have heard much from Angola. How strange is that? It's a massive country. Bonga has had a bit of succes. Who else? Waldemar Bastos? However great that is, that's about as authentically Angolan as, say, the Corrs play authentic Irish folk music...
This double CD showcases a lot of bands active in the run-up to independence, i.e. the early '70s… Read more