Putumayo Presents the Best of World, Vol. 1: World Vocal

Putumayo Presents the Best of World, Vol. 1: World Vocal


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Putumayo Presents the Best of World, Vol. 1: World Vocal

A compilation from Putumayo dealing primarily with vocal works, although much of the work is very instrumental as well. Appearing here are multiple stars of different traditions. The great Jorge Ben (famous in the U.S. primarily for "Mas Que Nada," popularized by Sergio Mendes) shows up to sing a song praising soccer great Pele. Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata" is also present, a happy song about a dance. Johnny Clegg and Juluka (Savuka before the departure of Sipho Mchunu) contribute a wonderfully clear vocal work on "Walima 'Mbele," a warning against inter-tribal fighting during droughts in South Africa. The wonderful Samite of Uganda shows off his prowess on the kalimba in "Munomuno." Even the incredibly old Jolly Boys resurfaces from the tourist hotels of Jamaica to contribute a nice piece of mento (Jamaican calypso of sorts). To finish off the album, Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Iranian Ardeshir Farah combine for a vaguely flamenco sound on "Americas," a song exhorting the masses to respect the native traditions of North and South America; and a love song from King Sunny Ade's former bass player Ken Okulolo and Kotoja. Overall, a surprising clear and well worked album from Putumayo, seeming to deal less with the mainstream Starbucks sound they tend to fall into from time to time. While it's labeled as a vocal album, the instrumental virtuosos here are really the highlight. Pick it up for an amazing run of guitars, kalimbas, and more.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/1995
Label: Putumayo World Music
UPC: 0790248010328
catalogNumber: 103

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Brown   Track Performer
Ottmar Liebert   Track Performer
Outback   Track Performer
Majek Fashek   Vocals,Track Performer
Jorge Ben   Vocals,Track Performer
Bhundu Boys   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Johnny Clegg   Vocals,Track Performer
Miriam Makeba   Vocals,Track Performer
Samite   Vocals,Track Performer
Acoustic Alchemy   Track Performer
Gilberto Gil   Vocals,Track Performer
Jean-Luc Ponty   Violin,Track Performer
Strunz & Farah   Vocals,Track Performer
Filé   Vocals,Track Performer
Kotoja   Vocals,Band,Track Performer
Rossy   Vocals,Track Performer
Jolly Boys   Vocals,Multi Instruments,Group,Track Performer
Balafon Marimba Ensemble   Track Performer
Martin Cradick   Multi Instruments
Ardeshir Farah   Guitar,Vocals
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Track Performer
David Grisman   Mandolin
Juan Luis Guerra   Vocals,Track Performer
Gregory Isaacs   Vocals,Track Performer
Simon James   Guitar
Juluka   Band
Ali Akbar Khan   Track Performer
Paddy le Mercier   Fiddle
Loreena McKennitt   Harp,Track Performer
Sagar N'Gom   Percussion
Ken Okulolo   Vocals
Jorge Strunz   Guitar,Vocals
Nick Webb   Guitar
Graham Wiggins   Multi Instruments
Govi   Guitar
Craig Kotajaru   Track Performer
Ian Campbell   Drums

Technical Credits

Filé   Arranger
Jolly Boys   Arranger
Dan Storper   Producer,Liner Notes
Brian Cullman   Liner Notes

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