on 27 November 2003
This is a great 2 CD set to give you a taste of known and the unknown, the good and the merely interesting. Quite a variety and the two CDs are quite different in mood, so you can choose bouncy or laid back. There are a couple of artists represented twice, which is rather a waste of space when there are so many fantastic African singers who are still unknown and deserve some airtime. We've picked up a couple of new unknowns from this album and are now trying to track them down (unfortunately not in Amazon stock) for more of their enchanting sounds. Makes a good present for friends who are intrigued by the idea of "African music" but don't know where to start.
on 25 November 2012
Depending upon your musical tastes you may find this album either inaccessible or magical.
If, like me, you've grown to appreciate just how important African music is (and particularly the music of Senegal and Mali) then probably - you'll veer towards the latter.
You may find that you have a predilection towards understanding influential significances that shape today's popular musical tastes: so much of African music is fundamental in the shaping of American Delta blues. I know this might sound obvious, but it isn't until you listen to music such as this that you really appreciate how important it is.
It's incredible how you can fully appreciate the visceral power of the music from sub-Saharan Africa. Personally for me, it can be transcendental when it's good - and believe me, this is truly good!
Amongst the very best albums in my large collection of all types of music.