Putumayo Presents: World Reggae

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Reggae's infectious and adaptable one-drop shuffle rhythm, coupled with the music's tendency to deal with social and political issues, has made it a popular genre for musicians worldwide, and when combined with pop and hip-hop elements, has made for some fascinating hybrids. This Putumayo collection reflects both the diversity and the unified cohesiveness of these reggae-based forms, and makes a fascinating introduction to reggae in the 21st century. The disc opens with the bright-sounding "Pas de Problemes" by the French group Kana, which features some solid and efficient Jamaican-inspired horn work. Nigeria's Majek Fashek drops bits of highlife into the reggae stew with...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Reggae's infectious and adaptable one-drop shuffle rhythm, coupled with the music's tendency to deal with social and political issues, has made it a popular genre for musicians worldwide, and when combined with pop and hip-hop elements, has made for some fascinating hybrids. This Putumayo collection reflects both the diversity and the unified cohesiveness of these reggae-based forms, and makes a fascinating introduction to reggae in the 21st century. The disc opens with the bright-sounding "Pas de Problemes" by the French group Kana, which features some solid and efficient Jamaican-inspired horn work. Nigeria's Majek Fashek drops bits of highlife into the reggae stew with the Bob Marley-like "African Unity," while the French group Gnawa Diffusion fuses rap, rai, reggae, jazz, and funk into a patchwork quilt version of "Ya Laymi." The Welsh/Spanish conglomeration known as Mas y Mas adds a dose of Celtic fiddles to the mix on "Agua." French Guiana's Chris Combette who sings "it's a rastaphobe world" in his selection, "Babylone Buildings" draws on East Indian elements, including an impressive sitar break, played here by Mungel Patasar. Perhaps the biggest name on this compilation, the Ivory Coast's Alpha Blondy, sings "Lalogo" in the Bambara language, a track that was recorded at the legendary Tuff Gong studio in Jamaica. As a sampler of the ever evolving international reggae community, World Reggae opens a wide window into some fascinating new music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248022123
  • Catalog Number: 221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pas de Problèmes - Kana (3:38)
  2. 2 Om Numah Shivaya (4:25)
  3. 3 Notre Devoir (3:46)
  4. 4 African Unity (4:20)
  5. 5 Riberonzinha - Maria de Barros (4:28)
  6. 6 Ya Laymi (5:50)
  7. 7 Maguinha Do Sá Viana - Alê Muniz (3:56)
  8. 8 Agua - Más Y Más (3:55)
  9. 9 Babylone Buildings (4:28)
  10. 10 Lalogo - Alpha Blondy (4:42)
  11. 11 Rawagu - Bernard Uedre (3:18)
  12. 12 O Si Keka - Kaissa (7:22)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Alpha Blondy Composer
Majek Fashek Composer
Apache Indian Composer
Djim Job Composer
Dan Storper Executive Producer
Nicola Heindl Illustrations
Jacob Edgar Liner Notes
Emily Lazar Mastering
Gnawa Diffusion Composer
Simon Duggal Composer
Danny Carvalho Composer
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