Spirit of Africa [Real World]

Spirit of Africa [Real World]

     
 

There's no shortage of African compilations, and no shortage of good causes that need support. Spirit of Africa puts the two together, raising money for AIDS charity Mercury Phoenix Trust. Africa has suffered horribly from AIDS and will long continue to suffer, and could certainly use the help. The intention is a good one; it's a shame the album isn't quite soSee more details below

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There's no shortage of African compilations, and no shortage of good causes that need support. Spirit of Africa puts the two together, raising money for AIDS charity Mercury Phoenix Trust. Africa has suffered horribly from AIDS and will long continue to suffer, and could certainly use the help. The intention is a good one; it's a shame the album isn't quite so wonderful. Other African compilations have opened a window on music not easily available in the West; this opts for an easier route, working heavily with catalog material from releasing label Real World. To be fair, there are a few unreleased cuts, with Mzwakhe Mbuli's "Kulusizi Emhalbeni" a particular standout, and a couple of remixes -- Paul Oakenfold does interesting things to Maryam Mursal's "Somali Udida Ceb," given the chance. But even Youssou N'Dour's contribution isn't new or remixed -- in fact, it's a track from the early '90s. Still, there are some very touching moments toward the end. Uganda's Bernard Kabanda, who was about to make a name for himself on the world music circuit when he died of AIDS in 1999, offers "Kasennyanku," and the TASO Choir, all of whom are HIV-positive, close with the stirring "AIDS the Disease." But, for the most part, since it draws on Real World's usual suspects, this all too often comes across as little more than an advertisement for the label's artists, rather than the in-depth look at African music it could have been.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0724381111024
catalogNumber:
11110

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Papa Wemba   Track Performer
Mzwakhe Mbuli   Track Performer
Remmy Ongala   Track Performer
Super Diamono De Dakar   Track Performer
Omar Pene   Track Performer
Assitan Keita   Track Performer
Youssou N'Dour   Track Performer
Drummers of Burundi   Track Performer
Maryam Mursal   Track Performer
Tama   Track Performer
Bernard Kabanda   Track Performer
Imbizo   Track Performer
Zawose & Brook   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Richard Evans   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Paul Oakenfold   Producer,Remixing
Ron Aslan   Producer,Engineer
Tchad Blake   Producer
Michael Brook   Arranger,Producer
Habib Faye   Arranger
John Leckie   Producer
Valery Lobe   Arranger
Christian Polloni   Arranger
Carmen Rizzo   Producer,Remixing
Martin Russell   Producer
Ayub Ogada   Arranger
Simon Emmerson   Producer
Ben Findlay   Producer
Hamid Baroudi   Producer
Yorrick Benoist   Producer
Noël Ekwabi   Arranger
Soren Kjaer Jensen   Producer
Sam Mills   Producer
Marc Bessant   Graphic Design
Abdi Kader Hassan   Composer
Peter Walsh   Producer

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