World 2001 Compiled by Charlie Gillett
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World 2001 has a mainstream label's muscle pumping hard behind it, but it is also proud to please the seasoned global trawler. Veteran DJ Charlie Gillett has cherry-picked 30 tracks from nearly as many countries, reflecting the broadly appealing range of his BBC London Live radio show. Gillett was first on air back in the early 1970s, and was one of the key movers behind the forging of the world music shopping-category in the 1980s. His choices are nowhere near obvious, and new addictions will result from spinning the two discs in this set. There are some flabbergasting revelations, such as Momo Wandel Soumah's "Toko", treading very slowly, with gravelly vocals giving way to inspired flute and tenor saxophone solos, or Alemayehu Eshete's "Betchayen Tegodahu", a timelessly lo-fi Ethiopian ska-funk slink, complete with magically ululating vocals. Susheela Raman's "Mamavatu" has certainly become a grower in recent months, a melody with substance, her ornamented voice backed by the detailed guitar flourishes of Sam Mills. More familiar names include Radio Tarifa, Los Lobos and Taraf De Haidouks, the latter Romanians relishing the sound of a harshly dragged bow across frayed gut-string, toothless vocals responding to a growing momentum. --Martin Longley
Top Customer Reviews
Well, everything worth a try at least once anyway.
Post arrived, pop in the CD and WOW, this is absolutely amazing, the breadth and colours of musics contained in this CD is simply unrivalled.
Believe me, one song and you'll be hooked, it got percussion, trumpets, guitars and gravelly voice to mention but a few.
This is the kind of CD that you buy and you play on dinner with your friends and improve your social standing instantly.
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