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As the album title indicates, this is the softer side of pan-African music, which is sometimes forgotten in the crush of music to come from the continent. Cameroonian Gino Sitson whose inspiration seems to be Bobby McFerrin shows how the voice can be used, multi-tracking his into a choir, and the late S.E. Rogie's laid-back palm wine style fits perfectly into the aesthetic. This isn't meant to be a traditional album, by any means, which becomes quite apparent as listening continues. But it's no less effective for that, with strong cuts from Coco Mbassi and several others, including a take on the classic "Sweet Mother." Ranging from the Ethiopian sounds of Tigist Shibabaw to the Atlantic Cape Verdean islands courtesy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
As the album title indicates, this is the softer side of pan-African music, which is sometimes forgotten in the crush of music to come from the continent. Cameroonian Gino Sitson whose inspiration seems to be Bobby McFerrin shows how the voice can be used, multi-tracking his into a choir, and the late S.E. Rogie's laid-back palm wine style fits perfectly into the aesthetic. This isn't meant to be a traditional album, by any means, which becomes quite apparent as listening continues. But it's no less effective for that, with strong cuts from Coco Mbassi and several others, including a take on the classic "Sweet Mother." Ranging from the Ethiopian sounds of Tigist Shibabaw to the Atlantic Cape Verdean islands courtesy of Celina Pereira's soft morna "Eclipse," this is what it says, a lulling, relaxing take on African music. It won't change your world, but it might send you to sleep with a smile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • Label: Ellipsis Arts
  • UPC: 052296453022
  • Catalog Number: 964530
  • Sales rank: 323,364

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Francis Mbappe Guitar
Claudia Ramasimanana Vocals
Solomon Ratianarinaivo Vocals, Amponga
Celina Pereira Vocals
Kevin Nathaniel Mbira
Samoela "Sammy" Andriamalalaharijoana Vocals, Valiha
Bakithi Kumalo Group Member
S.E. Rogie Guitar, Vocals
Robbi Kumalo Group Member
Coco Mbassi Vocals
Gino Sitson Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Percussion
Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw Vocals
James Ambler Keyboards
Boss Kudu Guitar
Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Prince Nico Mbarga Composer
Ronnie Gilbert Composer
Lee Hays Composer
Fred Hellerman Composer
Francis Mbappe Arranger
Celina Pereira Arranger
Kevin Nathaniel Arranger
Samoela "Sammy" Andriamalalaharijoana Arranger
Bakithi Kumalo Composer
S.E. Rogie Arranger
Robbi Kumalo Composer
Traditional Composer
Coco Mbassi Arranger, Composer
Gino Sitson Arranger, Composer
Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw Arranger
James Ambler Arranger, Composer
Christina Roden Producer
Shuichi Morita Engineer
Solange Kassianoff Composer
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