Very Best of Africa, Vol. 2

Very Best of Africa, Vol. 2

     
 

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,See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Nascente
UPC:
5014797133686
catalogNumber:
2010

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Birima  - Youssou N'Dour
  2. Traitors of Africa  - Femi Anikulapo Kuti
  3. Sarama  -  Amadou & Mariam
  4. Afrika  - Angélique Kidjo
  5. Yala  - Oumou Sangare
  6. Behold My Heart  -  Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  7. Boomerang  - Daara J
  8. Home Cooking  - Tony Allen
  9. Jelebi  - Ismaël Lô
  10. Mortalite  - Kandia Kouyate
  11. Kumnyama Endlini  -  Mahotella Queens
  12. Broska  - Manecas Costa
  13. Tunga  -  Super Rail Band De Bamako

Disc 2

  1. Ndongoy Daara  -  Orchestra Baobab
  2. Manian  - Rokia Traoré
  3. Kowoni Maayo  - Baaba Maal
  4. Send Me  - Hugh Masekela
  5. Africadën  - Cheikh Lô
  6. Chemutengure  - Thomas Mapfumo
  7. Ethiopia  -  Abyssinia Infinite
  8. Mali Dje  - Ali Farka Touré
  9. Eko Ile  - Fela Kuti
  10. Bi Lamban  - Toumani Diabaté
  11. Oyebi Bien  -  Kekele
  12. Ghir Enta  - Souad Massi
  13. Moussolou  - Salif Keita

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Salif Keita   Composer
Baaba Maal   Composer
Ali Farka Touré   Composer
Hugh Masekela   Composer
Tony Allen   Composer
Oumou Sangare   Composer
Fela Kuti   Composer
Angélique Kidjo   Composer
Abdou M'Boup   Composer
Joseph Shabalala   Composer
Femi Kuti   Composer
Toumani Diabaté   Composer
Sello "Chicco" Twala   Composer
Mildred Mangxola   Composer
Nigel Williamson   Liner Notes,Annotation
Barthelemy Attisso   Composer
Ringo Bamundele   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Souad Massi   Composer
Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw   Composer
Fotigui Keita   Composer

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