VA - The Rough Guide to West African Music (1995)
Afro-Pop, African Folk, Highlife, African Traditions, West African, Worldbeat | 01:11:17 | Mp3, 320 kbps | 163 MB
Label: World Music Network | Year Of Release: 1995
How do you try to capture the music of such a large, rich area as West Africa on one disc? The answer, of course, is that you can't, although this compilation does glide over some of the high spots – but only some. So there are classic performances by Mali's Super Rail Band and Ali Farka Toure, plus Orchestra Baobob, revealing the influence Cuban music had on the nascent homegrown scenes in both Senegal and Mali. Altogether, it offers some semblance of a picture, fleshed out by the thrilling kora work of Toumani Diabate on "Djelika" and the south Mali wassoulou vocals of the excellent Oumou Sangare, who brings a rougher dimension to the proceedings.