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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Every year respected world music broadcaster Charlie Gillett releases his best-of compilation, and every year it contains some glittering surprises, as well as some glimpses of rising and established stars. In 2005, it seems, the unknowns and little-knowns outnumber the big names -- you'll find Youssou N'Dour from his glorious Egypt album and a track by Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure with kora genius Toumani Diabate. But the meat here is in the unfamiliar, from the disorienting gypsy electronica of Shukar Collective to the Senegalese roots sound of Daby Balde, whose mesmeric voice makes for a perfect introduction to the two-disc set. Gillett might be a little late ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Every year respected world music broadcaster Charlie Gillett releases his best-of compilation, and every year it contains some glittering surprises, as well as some glimpses of rising and established stars. In 2005, it seems, the unknowns and little-knowns outnumber the big names -- you'll find Youssou N'Dour from his glorious Egypt album and a track by Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure with kora genius Toumani Diabate. But the meat here is in the unfamiliar, from the disorienting gypsy electronica of Shukar Collective to the Senegalese roots sound of Daby Balde, whose mesmeric voice makes for a perfect introduction to the two-disc set. Gillett might be a little late picking up on Clotaire K, the French/Lebanese oudist, producer, and rapper whose debut arrived three years ago, but in this case it's definitely better late than never, as his "Beyrouth" kicks with an elegant, simple power that puts much Ameircan hip-hop in the shade. Elsewhere the Chehade Brothers link the music of their native Palestine with the Mediterranean, Amadou & Mariam bring new life to their soulful, bluesy African sound with a production by Manu Chao, and Yasmin Levy helps revive the Jewish Ladino tradition in stunning fashion with her gorgeous, often understated voice. Even many world music aficionados won't have heard much by several acts here, like Ana Salazar or Tokyo-chutie-iki, for example. The joy, really, is in the way Gillett imparts his discoveries, as a friend rather than as a teacher. You might not like everything here -- tracks by Julian Jacob and Mei Tei Sho seem labored at times -- and there's a definite tilt toward Russia, with several tracks from the massive region, but there's constantly something to interest and engage in the album's 33 tracks. It'll set you off pursuing new names -- which, after all, is the intention.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • UPC: 875232005525
  • Catalog Number: 169
  • Sales rank: 328,175

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sora (4:31)
  2. 2 Chaje Shukarije - Sissy Atanassova (4:53)
  3. 3 Geo - Ivan Kupala (4:14)
  4. 4 Coulibaly - Amadou & Mariam (3:18)
  5. 5 Au Port - Camille (2:57)
  6. 6 Lambi Golo, Pt. 1 - Ludovic Vernu (3:06)
  7. 7 La Frontera - Lhasa (3:03)
  8. 8 Tarefero de Mis Pagos/All en el Yerbal (4:00)
  9. 9 Ista Slika - Darko Rundek & Cargo Orkestar (4:12)
  10. 10 Vanereva Nepasipo - Oliver Mtukudzi (4:28)
  11. 11 Niyal Albou (3:43)
  12. 12 Verejushki - Vollga (5:46)
  13. 13 Nijenge - Kenchez (4:01)
  14. 14 Padma Nodi (5:38)
  15. 15 Kadi Kadi - Toumani Diabaté (3:18)
  16. 16 Midnight Marauders - DJ Fitchie (7:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dya Bana (3:39)
  2. 2 Udadewetha (3:54)
  3. 3 Mania de Peitao (2:36)
  4. 4 Calling Tamango (3:08)
  5. 5 Naci en Alamo - Yasmin Levy (6:21)
  6. 6 Edjin Duun - Okna Tsahan Zam (3:44)
  7. 7 Boonoo - Laye Sow (4:19)
  8. 8 Transparente - Mariza (2:30)
  9. 9 Older (3:03)
  10. 10 Tijaniyya - Youssou N'Dour (5:44)
  11. 11 El Acordeonista (4:53)
  12. 12 Tuyur el Wad (3:34)
  13. 13 Rumbero (2:53)
  14. 14 Jacob (3:14)
  15. 15 Beyrouth Ecoeuree (3:37)
  16. 16 Otome Sankanbi - Tokyo-Chutie-Iki (2:54)
  17. 17 Moana (7:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ludovic Vernu Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ali Farka Touré Composer
Nick Gold Producer
Kabou Gueye Composer
Ben Mandelson Producer
Jaques Morelenbaum Producer
Youssou N'Dour Composer, Producer
Guillermo McGill Arranger
Oliver Mtukudzi Producer
Charlie Gillett Liner Notes
Paban Das Baul Composer
Manu Chao Producer
Fathy Salama Producer
Malouma Composer
Lhasa Composer
The State of Bengal Producer
Christian Mousset Producer
Rui Veloso Composer
Yves Wernert Composer, Producer
Amadou Bagayoko Composer
Issa Bagayogo Composer
Traditional Composer
Chango Spasiuk Composer
Claude Samar Producer
Think of One Composer
Claude Samard Arranger
Seu Jorge Composer
Jean Massicotte Producer
Philippe Berthier Producer
Christopher "Mu" Faiumu Composer
Dallas Tamaira Composer
Clotaire K Composer
Ishay Amir Executive Producer
Gringo DaParada Producer
Shiyani Ngcobo Composer
Saifullah 'Sam' (aka, State of Bengal) Zaman Composer
Darko Rundek Composer, Producer
Julien Jacob Composer
Julia Vorontsova Composer
Napoleon Constantin Composer
Joe Dukie Producer
Daby Balde Composer, Producer
Ivan Kupala Composer, Producer
Laye Sow Composer
DJ Fitchie Producer
Ghislain Baran Producer
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