Rough Guide to African Lullabies

The Rough Guide to African Lullabies

     
 
There's a wonderfully mellow quality to African music that makes it perfect for lullabies. The music here might be from all over the continent, from Cape Verde to South Africa and Somalia, but every track shares that soft, lulling quality. There are plenty of big names here, like Ladysmith Black Mambazo with a gorgeously

Overview

There's a wonderfully mellow quality to African music that makes it perfect for lullabies. The music here might be from all over the continent, from Cape Verde to South Africa and Somalia, but every track shares that soft, lulling quality. There are plenty of big names here, like Ladysmith Black Mambazo with a gorgeously delicate take on "Wimoweh," and Angélique Kidjo turning jazzy. The collection doesn't consist entirely of songs, by any means: the great Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté work their instrumental magic on "Simbo," and Virginia Mukwesha is hypnotic on the mbira (thumb piano) -- she also has the entire bonus disc devoted to her work. Saba offers a subdued take on the traditional "Huwaiahuwa," a song that has almost Celtic cadences for a truly international feel. Kora player Ba Cissoko uses his instrument to wonderful effect on "Manssani," with rippling splashes of notes and gorgeous tones from a second, electric kora. It's perhaps apt that the disc should conclude with Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa herself, with the 1974 love song "Malaika," to give everyone good dreams.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2011
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633125122
catalogNumber:
331251
Rank:
204395

Tracks

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Pete Seeger   Composer
Ali Farka Touré   Arranger
Ronnie Gilbert   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Fred Hellerman   Composer
Toumani Diabaté   Arranger
Virginia Mukwesha   Composer
Mackay Davashe   Composer
Solomon Linda   Composer
Bassekou Kouyate   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ian Hillman   Composer
Keith Farquharson   Composer
Sara Tavares   Composer
Chiwoniso Maraire   Composer
Daby Balde   Composer
Issufo Manuel   Composer
Marisa Lassman   Sleeve Notes
Alfred Kari Banaman   Composer
Jean Bosco Mwenda   Composer
Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou   Composer
Irène Rognier   translation
Isaac Gómez Martel   translation
Fadhili William   Composer
Cissoko Kimitang Mahamadou   Composer
Churukure Chirikure   Composer

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