African Blues

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
One of the earlier entries on the market of African blues-inflected music offerings, this album from the folks at Rough Guide is most certainly African, but not particularly fusion in the sense of incorporating the American blues idiom. What one does have here, though, is a relatively early collection of the people that would in large be the most notable figures on the field of African music on the greater world market. Ismaël Lo opens up the album, followed by Rokia Traoré. After a couple of East African entries, the first true blues piece comes courtesy of Ali Farka Toure's hit "Heygana." The great mbira player Stella Chiweshe makes an appearance, as does Hamza el Din,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
One of the earlier entries on the market of African blues-inflected music offerings, this album from the folks at Rough Guide is most certainly African, but not particularly fusion in the sense of incorporating the American blues idiom. What one does have here, though, is a relatively early collection of the people that would in large be the most notable figures on the field of African music on the greater world market. Ismaël Lo opens up the album, followed by Rokia Traoré. After a couple of East African entries, the first true blues piece comes courtesy of Ali Farka Toure's hit "Heygana." The great mbira player Stella Chiweshe makes an appearance, as does Hamza el Din, with some bluesy riffs on the oud from the North. Boubacar Traoré puts in the second entirely valid piece of American-esque blues, and the team of Kante Manfila and Balla et Ses Balladins present an excerpt of the Kankan Blues phenomenon. Finishing the album are two more notables: Cape Verde's Césaria Évora, and Mali's up and coming Oumou Sangare, both worth hearing in their own right. Throughout, the album strays a bit from its most apparent mission, but the music remains worthwhile regardless. A fine choice for a quick sampler of the bigger names in African music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/1998
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633101942
  • Catalog Number: 1019

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Talibe - Ismaël Lô (4:19)
  2. 2 Mounaïssa - Rokia Traoré (5:44)
  3. 3 A Va Safy Va Lomo - Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique (6:09)
  4. 4 Mansa - Super Rail Band (6:33)
  5. 5 Paulette - Balla et Ses Balladins (7:43)
  6. 6 Maggie - Alick Nkhata (2:28)
  7. 7 Omulanga Wamuka - Henry Makobi (3:53)
  8. 8 Heygana - Ali Farka Touré (5:59)
  9. 9 Ndinderere - Stella Chiweshe (4:58)
  10. 10 Shams Esh'shamusa - Hamza el Din (5:15)
  11. 11 N'Sangou - Antoine Moundanda (4:11)
  12. 12 Mouso Teke Soma Ye - Boubacar Traoré (6:18)
  13. 13 Kankan Blues - Balla Kalla (2:50)
  14. 14 Miss Perfumado - Cesária Évora (4:27)
  15. 15 Saa Magni - Oumou Sangare (7:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stella Chiweshe Track Performer, Mbira
Hamza el Din Oud, Track Performer
Ali Farka Touré Guitar, Track Performer
Kante Manfila Guitar, Vocals
Oumou Sangare Vocals, Track Performer
Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique Track Performer
Ismaël Lô Guitar, Harmonica, Track Performer
Balla et Ses Balladins Track Performer
Cesária Évora Vocals, Track Performer
Antoine Moundanda Vocals, Track Performer
Super Rail Band Track Performer
Henry Makobi Guitar, Track Performer
Boubacar Traoré Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Alick Nkhata Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Rokia Traoré Vocals, Balafon, Track Performer, Ngoni
Technical Credits
Hamza el Din Arranger
Antoine Moundanda Contributor
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