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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling musical communication, 5 Dec. 2010
This review is from: AfroCubism (Audio CD)
The post dated nature of this mingling of African and Cuban musicians has inevitably tinted the eventual album. The phenomenon of the Buena Vista Social Club has impacted on world music, world circuit and no doubt influences the 2010 product. Presumably the popularity of the Cuban album means that the Cuban influence may be greater than originally intended. This is not necessarily a negative comment, so much as an observation.
Arguably musical cultures and influences take decades, if not centuries to truly blend and to become something with integrity and lustre. The success of the Cuban project showed this, as it was essentially conservative in nature. Of course Cuban music is a hybrid itself, a beautiful outcome from a legacy of colonial and historical violence and upset....a flower on the rust heap of human history.
The idea of pushing cultures together, even in a romantic marriage, is more artificial and has Frankenstein aspects about it.
Here there is a beautiful meeting, and already Western African music has taken an influence from Cuban styles; which means it does not seem forced, like an airport lounge encounter.
Certain tracks emphasise the African musicians, so often there is a contrast, rather than a mixing. The outcome is not quite as radical or free as you may expect. Largely this is considered musicianship, not some kind of improvised jam session between strangers. There is little grandstanding here.
This is a wonderful album, providing threads of musical ideas and melody, that will keep the appreciative listener absolutely entranced. This truly shows how music is a power for harmony, in every sense, for life and for art.
For me as an enthusiast of World Circuit's output, this proves again what a creative and original label it is.
How about some new musical areas too?
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