Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents on the Job

Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents on the Job

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This double-disc, 26-track compilation handily demonstrates what fans of David Byrne's hardy little record label have known for years: Luaka Bop was never merely "world music." In the ten years since its first hit Brazilian compilation, BELEZA TROPICAL, the label has established a pop aesthetic -- call it quirky, contrarian, or simply

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This double-disc, 26-track compilation handily demonstrates what fans of David Byrne's hardy little record label have known for years: Luaka Bop was never merely "world music." In the ten years since its first hit Brazilian compilation, BELEZA TROPICAL, the label has established a pop aesthetic -- call it quirky, contrarian, or simply prescient -- that cuts across boundaries of culture, language, and genre. Divided into "steamy hits" and "slow jams" (the kind of verbiage you might expect from an urban mix tape), ZERO ACCIDENTS celebrates the notion that one man's world music is just another's local pop. After all, isn't the Tom Waits-style gothic cowpoke Jim White ("Book of Angels") as exotic to a Belgian hip-hopper as the funky Afropean attitude of Zap Mama ("Rafiki") is to a South Florida trailer punk? And in our increasingly globalized world, is there any reason to doubt that the same trailer punk hasn't heard the Fatboy Slim remix of "Brimful of Asha," by Anglo-Indian indie rockers Cornershop? Or to think that a hip London kebab hut wouldn't play "Sexy," the insouciant acid-jazz thump from Venezuela's Los Amigos Invisibles? Couple these radical assumptions with some of the remarkable firsts captured here: Luaka Bop was marketing Cuban dance music back in the Reagan administration; the label paired Ry Cooder with Okinawan axeman Shoukichi Kina; got a Brazilian - Jorge Ben - on MTV; unveiled Cesaria Evora in the U.S.; and more or less discovered the Afro-Peruvian music of Susana Baca. Accidents or not, these funky and fun transmissions prove that Byrne and company have always had a commitment to great music, no matter from where in the world it happens to hail.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents on the Job celebrates a decade of releases from David Byrne's innovative global music label. The album features Byrne's own "God's Child," and includes songs from world music luminaries like Irakere, Paulo Braganca, Vijaya Anand, Lenine, and Amigos Invisibles. Geggy Tah's "Whoever You Are" and Jim White's "Book of Angels" reflect the label's modern rock leanings, along with Fatboy Slim's remix of Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha" and Clinton's "People Power in the Disco Hour." Cesaria Evora's "Sodade" and Zap Mama's "Rafiki" highlight the beautiful, diverse vocal styles of Africa, while Tom Ze's "Um Oh E Um Ah!" and Os Mutantes' "Baby" reflect Tropicalia's resurgent popularity. Tracks from King Chango, Susana Baca, Jorge Ben, and many others round out this extensive, affectionate look at Luaka Bop's impressive roster.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2000
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0724384892227
catalogNumber:
48922

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jorge Ben   Track Performer
Irakere   Track Performer
Silvio Rodríguez   Track Performer
David Byrne   Track Performer
Ry Cooder   Track Performer
Selena   Track Performer
Tom Zé   Track Performer
Vijaya Anand   Track Performer
Martinho da Vila   Track Performer
Zap Mama   Track Performer
Cesaria Evora   Track Performer
Van Van   Track Performer
Mimi   Track Performer
Jim White   Track Performer
Geggy Tah   Track Performer
Cornershop   Track Performer
King Changó   Track Performer
Paulo Braganca   Track Performer
Black Thought   Track Performer
Susana Baca   Track Performer
?uestlove   Track Performer
Waldemar Bastos   Track Performer
Amigos Invisibles   Track Performer
Os Mutantes   Track Performer
Bloque   Track Performer
Shoukichi Kina   Track Performer
Clinton   Track Performer
Lenine   Track Performer
Visible Man   Track Performer
Abajo   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tom Zé   Composer
Tito Kawachi   Arranger
Makoto Kubota   Arranger

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