Music Review

STRINGS is a beautiful acoustic and electric guitar recordings with lush and elegant compositions. It is from Djessou Mory Kante, a master of the Maninka guitar style. The most sought-after guitarist of his generation in Mali, he worked with world renowned singers as Salif Keita, Sekouba Bambino…It was recorded in Salif Keita’s Studio Moffou in Bamako-Sterns music-

GOLDEN AFRIQUE is utterly captivating. This album features many artists from  the Era of African Pop music from 1971-1983. Highlights include Ernesto Djedje,Amadou Balake Super Mama Djombo, Etoile de Dakar, Balla Et ses Balladins, Rail Band and many more..If you followed African music in that period, then this album will surely bring you memories of the golden days of African music-Network-

CHA CHA CHA In the 1950s Albelardo Barroso with orquesta Sensacion were one of Cuba’s music machines. Barroso with his golden voice enjoyed a string of smashes in Cuba and in Africa where he was hugely popular. The first track of the album “En Guantanamo” is his most famous song  with an Acapella signature  which earned him the nick name of  honed voice-Nonesuch-

MOIPEI QUARTET  Amazing voices of these 4 Kenya sisters singing in acapella. Triplets Marta,Mary,Magdaline and younger sister Seraphine.They were trained to sing by their parents since they were two years old. Singing in acapella many classic songs such ar Country Roads, Malaika, Pole Musa, Ave Maria, Amazing Grace. The four sisters's mission is to sing to the world advocating for chlidren's rights throughout Africa and the world.----A.R.C. Music

EVE... Once again Angelique Kidjo who earned the name Mama Africa has proved that there nothing standing on her way when it comes to creativity in the music craft.This CD is dedicated to the women of Africa to their resilience and their beauty. All songs on this release are adpted from the folklore of her home country Benin, with the collaboration of world renowned artists including the Orchestre Philarmonique du Luxembourg.---429Records

 

The Lagos Music Salon  With her rich voice soaring through songs, this sultry African singer of a Rwanda and Uganda heritage has produced an album of eighteen songs with an array of artists including Angelique Kidjo. Somi spent 18 months in Lagos Nigeria absorbing the daily sounds of this largest city in West Africa. The result is not only the daily soundtrack of Lagosians but all the musical offerings of the city...Okeh Records

 

 

  Super African   San Francisco bay area homegrown Kenya hipster Sila          reached out to some of the bay area talented musicians to spice up this   album. On Super African, Sila steeps his soulful vocals in the mix of African and pop grooves, rippling guitars a la Santana and  hot horn riffs. There are some killer tracks sure to get the dance floor moving...Visila Records

 

 Film of Life... Fela’s disciple, if I may call him so is still grooving with his drums. On his tenth albums, the Afrobeat Icon is in the company of fellow world-class musicians. Tony Allen lives up to his title of the human metronome of afrobeat showcasing his various drumming skills and blazes his own trail while remaining true to his afrobeat roots...Harmonia mundi

Africa Woman Sia Tolno is a renaissance woman, the center of attention in the afro beat genre. This former Sierra Leone war refugee is making inroad in the genre which for a long time has been a male supremacy. Bold and fearless, SiaTolno takes on many social issues facing the continent. African Woman is a CD with layer upon layer of interwoven rhythms and melody deliciously crafted and produced by no other than the master of afro beat drumming Tony Allen.


Cesaria Evora Greatest Hits.  A tribute to the barefoot diva includes 20 songs taken from her 9 albums. Une discotheque de perle. Lusafrica