Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Africa

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
While the market for African music is heavy with new forms of Afro-pop, synth-driven reggae, and piles of high-energy soukous, there is a movement afoot for music in the more restrained end of the spectrum. Acoustic Africa takes a stab at compiling some of the newer sounds of this movement, à la MTV Unplugged. There are a few names on the album with massive recognition value: Angélique Kidjo presents a song to be released on a future album of her own, Habib Koité has his old hit "Baro," and Djelimady Tounkara from the Super Rail Band, among others contributes a recent piece for the guitar. Moving away from West Africa, South Africa's old master Vusi Mahlasela contributes...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
While the market for African music is heavy with new forms of Afro-pop, synth-driven reggae, and piles of high-energy soukous, there is a movement afoot for music in the more restrained end of the spectrum. Acoustic Africa takes a stab at compiling some of the newer sounds of this movement, à la MTV Unplugged. There are a few names on the album with massive recognition value: Angélique Kidjo presents a song to be released on a future album of her own, Habib Koité has his old hit "Baro," and Djelimady Tounkara from the Super Rail Band, among others contributes a recent piece for the guitar. Moving away from West Africa, South Africa's old master Vusi Mahlasela contributes a nice work for the guitar as well. Aside from these better-known artists, though, the real joy of this album comes from the unheard of, or at least less heard of. Senegal's Diogal has a gentle touch on the guitar, as does Madagascar's Rajery on the valiha with a mangled hand and a technical style similar to Django Reinhardt's old playing technique. While Lokua Kanza has had a bit of fame outside of the Congo, Faya Tess is somewhat less known outside of Africa -- on this album they combine for an uncharacteristically for her, at least somber piece. Laye Sow's gentle approach to protest music and a pair of works from the Cape Verdean repertoire fill out a relatively diverse set quite well. While North and East Africa, and indeed most of the central and southern portions, are underrepresented, the album covers the acoustic movement well, and touches upon the acoustic tips of more electronically based styles as well. The music is top-notch without exception, and the performers make a nice grab bag of exploration for the intrepid listener.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2006
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248025421
  • Catalog Number: 254
  • Sales rank: 38,993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sore (3:56)
  2. 2 Mindjer Dôce Mel (3:42)
  3. 3 Misahotaka NY Akama (3:05)
  4. 4 Sedjedo - Angélique Kidjo (2:59)
  5. 5 Basimanyana (3:15)
  6. 6 Bana (3:38)
  7. 7 Mauritania - Laye Sow (3:13)
  8. 8 Tradição - Gabriela Mendes (4:39)
  9. 9 Baro - Habib Koité (5:03)
  10. 10 Palea - Dobet Gnahore (3:36)
  11. 11 Antonia (4:19)
  12. 12 Fanta Bourama - Djali Madi Tounkara (6:17)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Faya Tess Composer
Vusi Mahlasela Composer
Manecas Costa Composer
Rajery Composer
Laye Sow Composer
Diogal Sakho Composer
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