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  • Audio Cassette (28 Sept. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Music Network (UK)
  • ASIN: B00001NTK9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,783,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a good mix but the order of the tracks make for an odd musical journey. It's not got the same coherence as World Chill Vol.1: Laid Back Grooves for Global Minds and World Chill Vol.2: Laid Back Grooves for Global Minds. That said I like all the tracks and especially the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan track at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide's World Roots: Old Connections & New Discoveries 3 July 2009
By Peter Walenta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've always liked music sampler records because more often than not the samplers I've heard have turned me on to the music of an artist (or artists) who I had never heard of before or, I've found myself rediscovering the music of an artist I had heard before but who I had previously not listened to closely enough. Such is the case with the thoroughly entertaining world music sampler "Rough Guide World Roots" (World Music Network, c. 1999; total playing time 77:36), which serves up 14 ethnically diverse tracks that showcase several of world music's lesser known women singers as well as roots-oriented music from more famous international artists. A standout song is "Marifnaash" by the internationally acclaimed singer and belly dancer, Natacha Atlas. Breathly and sensual, Atlas's performance here exudes excitement with her unique mix of Euro-dance and traditional Arabic melody. Less well known, though equally as interesting is Uzbekistan's Yulduz Usmanova, who weaves Western dance rhythms with Cental Asian roots instrumentations. Blending Eastern European folk music with modern beats is Hungary's Marta Sebestyen & Muzsikas. Best known for her ethereal vocals on the soundtrack to "The English Patient", Sebestyen's haunting vocals are featured here on the song, "Teremetes".

Not to be upstaged by the ladies, the men are also heard on "Rough Guide World Roots" from the guitar skills and trance-like vocals of Senegal's Baaba Maal to the brassy jazz and hot vocal stylings of Cuba's Afro-Cuban All Stars and Cubanismo! One of the more unusual tracks is "Awina/Ijain Je E'" in which Marlui Miranda sings of domestic routines and nature motifs in the language of Brazil's Kamyura Indians. "World Roots" is topped off with the spectacular vocal improvisations of the late Qawwali artist, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on the simultaneously spiritual and intensely erotic Sufi chant trance epic, "Man Atkeya Beparwath De Naal".

Though out of print, the CD is still easily obtainable for a fairly reasonable price. I highly recommend it to folks interested in world music, as the disc showcases how some rather exotic traditional folk melodies and rhythms are being reinterpreted for a modern global audience. Every song featured on "Rough Guide World Roots" is thoroughly annotated in the well written sleeve notes. For me, the new discoveries on this sampler disc are Marlui Miranda and Marta Sebestyen and I've reconnected with the incomparable and intoxicating music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. What new musical discoveries await you on this disc? Give it a try, find out and enjoy!
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