Africa: Never Stand Still

Africa: Never Stand Still


Cashing in on widespread exposure to African music via high-profile supporters like Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel, most compilations of contemporary African music suffer from insufficient size, narrow focus, or poor selection. Against this background, Africa: Never Stand Still stands as tall as a Masai…  See more details below


Cashing in on widespread exposure to African music via high-profile supporters like Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel, most compilations of contemporary African music suffer from insufficient size, narrow focus, or poor selection. Against this background, Africa: Never Stand Still stands as tall as a Masai warrior. In three hours of top-notch performances, this set spans from the Sahara to Cape Town, from Ghana to Kenya and everywhere in between, plus peripheral areas such as Madagascar and Mauritania. If there's a shortcoming, it's the lack of historical dimension that comes of relying on recordings made near the date of release. But this is a minor complaint -- three years later, the music still has a freshness lacking in the products of the Western pop mainstream. Predictably, most of this is groove music. What makes it special -- aside from its sheer variety and the obvious delight the performers take in playing -- is twofold: lithe rhythms that seep into your heart and feet and, at the same time, a lightness of touch that's been absent from American and British popular music since jazz gave way to rock & roll. Most of the cuts are lengthy two- or three-chord jams in the modern mold: drums, bass, guitars, keyboards, brass, and voices. But the indigenous sounds of the kora (harp), sanza (thumb piano), balafon (xylophone), and goge (violin) are never far away, and compiler Brooke Wentz went out of the way to include ensembles playing in more traditional styles. (Check out the fluttering Gambian kora orchestra, produced by Bill Laswell and Foday Musa Suso.) Familiar names abound: South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Senegal's Youssou N'Dour, Ali Farka Toure and Salif Keita from Mali, Farafina from Burkina Faso, and many others. (Curiously missing are juju master King Sunny Ade and Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the continent's closest equivalent to James Brown.) These artists are extraordinary enough, but many standout cuts come from artists you'll be hard-pressed to find in the import bin: the Bedouin rai of Algeria's Bellemou & Gana El Maghnaoui; the hypnotic Gnawa Musicians of Marrakesh; the laidback highlife of Ghana's Martin K. Obeng; Gabriel Omolo's off-kilter Kenyan twist. If nothing else, these three CDs prove Brian Eno's contention that Africa is brimming with contemporary music as valid as any made in the West. And if the quality of this compilation is any indication, it won't be many more years before everyone knows it.

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Release Date:
Ellipsis Arts


Disc 1

  1. Ndiri Bofu
  2. Kipenda
  3. Rokoto Frenzy
  4. Eh Zalahy
  5. Ngingenwe Emoyeni
  6. Milouda
  7. Heygana
  8. Kumbusora
  9. Za Ayi Neyi
  10. Refined Fuji Garbage
  11. Jino la Pembe
  12. Six Mabone
  13. Tsiketa Kuni Barassara

Disc 2

  1. Rondomori
  2. Mariama
  3. Nazingi Maboko
  4. Allah Ma Diana
  5. Ngoma Ngairire (Let the Drum Sing/Celebrate)
  6. Angola Na Paz
  7. Ah Ndiya
  8. Bassama
  9. M'Fono Yami
  10. Mhondoro
  11. Wonda Wonda
  12. Hassaniya Song for Dancing
  13. Tuni Nyamwalo

Disc 3

  1. Saï
  2. Sawura Wako
  3. Lanaya
  4. Nyanafin
  5. Fakastalu
  6. Worio Wata
  7. Baba l'Rouami
  8. Agor
  9. Omo Mbo/Omo Lere Aiye/Ha Egbe Mi Wo Asia [Medley]
  10. Wed Today Divorce Tomorrow
  11. Bayeza
  12. Rosine
  13. Mariquinha

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stella Chiweshe   Track Performer
Diblo Dibala   Guitar
Salif Keita   Vocals,Track Performer
Ladysmith Black Mambazo   Track Performer
Loketo   Track Performer
Baaba Maal   Track Performer
Thomas Mapfumo   Track Performer
Ronald Rubinel   Synthesizer
Soul Brothers   Track Performer
Têtes Brulées   Track Performer
Ali Farka Touré   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Papa Wemba   Track Performer
Sikiru Ayinde Barrister   Track Performer
Bonga   Track Performer
Seleshe Demessae   Vocals
Kante Manfila   Guitar
Oumou Sangare   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique   Track Performer
Remmy Ongala   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Farafina   Track Performer
Abdel Gadir Salim   Track Performer
Zuhura Swaleh   Track Performer
Tarika Sammy   Track Performer
Pablo Lubadika   Bass
Dimi Mint Abba   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Track Performer
Andre Afata   Drums,Vocals
Jean-Marie John Ahanda   Vocals
Joe Zawinul   Keyboards
Jeff Baillard   Guitar
Roger Rogers Bekongo   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Komba M. Bellow   Percussion
Myriam Betty   Background Vocals
Gary Bias   Horn
Kanda Bongo Man   Vocals,Track Performer
Ray Brown   Horn
Amadou Cisse   Percussion,Vocals
Ibou Cisse   Guitar,Keyboards
Issa Cissocko   Tenor Saxophone
Soungalo Coulibaly   Flute,Vocals
Kélétigui Diabaté   Balalaika
Nabintou Diakite   Choir, Chorus
Boubacar Diallo   Guitar
Souleymanne Doumbia   Percussion
Mamadou Doumbia   Rhythm Guitar
Khalifa Ould Eide   Vocals,Track Performer
Theodore Zanzibar Epeme   Guitar,Vocals
Habib Faye   Bass,Keyboards
Mbaye Dieye Faye   Percussion
Wayne Hammond   Bass Guitar
Ti Jean   Percussion
Tiawara Keira   Kora
Thierno Koite   Saxophone
Lokassa   Guitar
Charlotte M'bango   Background Vocals
Etienne Mbappe   Bass
Martin Cool Bass Maah   Bass,Vocals
Aurlus Mabele   Percussion,Vocals,Track Performer
Mack Macaire   Drums
Gena Mandako   Vocals
Evelyne Marlin   Vocals
Jimi Mbaye   Guitar
Youssou N'Dour   Vocals,Track Performer
Ouzin Ndiaye   Background Vocals
Pape Oumar Ngom   Rhythm Guitar
Gallas Niang   Drums
Ringo Yaya Pezo   Percussion
Souleyname Sanou   Vocals
Cheick Tidiane Seck   Keyboards
Paco Sery   Drums
Fairuz Mint Seymali   Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Bill Stewart   Percussion
Abdul Tee-Jay   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Aliou Traore   Violin
Miguel Yamba   Bass
Pierre Akendengué   Track Performer
Aduki   Vocals
Hasani Ayas Ayas   Guitar
Jason Berg   Horn
Ahmadou Cuindo   Bass
Moustapha Ryzo Dia   Accordion,Background Vocals
Benogo Diakite   Bongos
Bakaridja Doumbia   Background Vocals
Dulce   Vocals,Track Performer
Juma Khamis Bajees Faraj   Accordion
Amed Goss   Drums
Guimaraes   Rhythm Guitar
Muhidini Kisukari Haji   Guitar
Matu Dikundia Hassan   Saxophone
William Owidi Jakapere   Fiddle
Djim Job   Bass
Saidi Salum Jumaine   Conga
Korotoum Kamara   Vocals
Vat Kamoussa   Bass Drums
Erik Kasamba   Percussion,Vocals
Arthur Kayizzi   Bass
Keito Kiniki   Vocals
Alfred Kyaligonza   Bass
Leman   Trumpet
Lawrence Chuki Limbanga   Drums
Sam Maitland   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
James Manyungwa   Drums
Matchoti   Saxophone
Matimila   Percussion
Joao Mendes   Vocals
Ramiro Mendes   Bass,Guitar,Violone
Milagre   Bass Guitar
Mingas   Vocals
Oliver Mtukudzi   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Mtukudzi   Hammond Organ
Ashton Mutaviri   Bass
Freddy Sengula Mwiasha   Guitar
Stina Namono   Vocals
Buba Ngobani   Vocals
Moses Nyaruka   Guitar
Martin K. Obeng   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Nathaniel Ohindo   Bottle
David "Olo" Oladunni   Percussion
Abou Ouatt   Accordion
Preka Ouatt   Marimbas,Background Vocals
Sekou Ouatt   Background Vocals
Yaya Ouattara   Vocals
Zozo Shuaibu   Bass,Vocals
Katos Sidik   Drums,Vocals
Oumou Sinayoro   Choir, Chorus
Sox   Guitar
Zeca Tcheco   Drums
Florence Tinarwo   Vocals
Souleymane Toure   Drums
Wazimbo   Vocals
Xico   Trumpet
Seydou Zon   Vocals
Zuhura Zwaleh   Vocals
Zagazougou   Track Performer
Kapere Jazz Band   Track Performer
Lulu Masilela   Track Performer
Abdel Gadir Salim All-Stars   Track Performer
Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited   Track Performer
Abdul Tee Jay's Rokoto   Track Performer
Robson Banda   Track Performer
Mendes Brothers   Track Performer
Reggie C. Young   Horn
Komba Bello   Percussion
Bellemou   Track Performer
Orchestre Super Matimila   Track Performer
Bakari Traore   Balafon

Technical Credits

Têtes Brulées   Composer
Bonga   Composer
Abdel Gadir Salim   Composer
Samoela Sa Andriammalalahanjaona   Contributor
Soungalo Coulibaly   Composer
Baba Diarra   Composer
Tiawara Keira   Composer
Ben Palm   Contributor
Solomon Ratianarinaivo   Contributor
Souleyname Sanou   Composer
Joseph Shabalala   Contributor
Assane Thaim   Contributor
Paco Ye   Composer
Tina Norosoa Raharimalala   Contributor
Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo   Contributor
Ben Shabalala   Contributor
Brooke Wentz   Producer
Ahmadou Cuindo   Arranger
Djuta Duarte   Contributor
Jabulane Dubazana   Contributor
Fatima Evora Evora   Contributor
Roger Kone   Contributor
Abednego Mazibuko   Contributor
Albert Mazibuko   Contributor
Geophrey Mdletshe   Contributor
Henrique Mendes   Contributor
Ramiro Mendes   Arranger
Russel Mthembu   Contributor
Polycap Otieno Ofuo   Contributor
Sekou Ouattara   Contributor
John Ouma   Contributor
Michael Owiti   Contributor
Ino Phungula   Contributor
Seydou Zon   Composer

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