The Very Best of Africa, Vol. 2 affords a quick overview of the divergent pop scene on the continent, pulling together 26 contemporary artists in a complement to Vol. 1, which centered on artists a generation older, and the two sets taken together create an impressive and sweeping chronicle of modern African pop music. There is so much to marvel at here, including Youssou N'Dour's smooth and flowing "Birima," the West African blues of "Sarama" by Mali's blind couple, Amadou & Mariam, and the cello-led remix of "Behold My Heart" by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, all on disc one. The second disc features Zimbabwe's great Thomas Mapfumo, the Segovia of thumb piano, on "Chemutengure," and a stately, soulful "Ndongoy Daara" by Senegal's Orchestre Baobab. Mali's Ali Farka Toure's atmospheric modal blues, "Mali Dje," is another highlight. The disc closer, "Moussolou," by Salif Keita, from his masterful Moffou album, is arguably the most powerful track here, but none of these selections diminishes the anthology in any way. Nascente could now complete the hat trick if they released a third volume of African artists who work a little more outside of the pop sphere, which is a hope, not a complaint.