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Bulletin - January/ February 2010
Ethnic & World Music
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AFRICA-SOUTH AFRICA VARIOUS ARTISTS African Cream 11 The Great South African Trip $27.98
This 2 CD compilation is designed to take the listener on a music journey through the diverse sounds of South Africa, starting and ending with a speech from President Nelson Mandela. The music features a mix of internationally known artists (Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba), artists known to world music cultists (Johnny Clegg, Ladysmith Black Mambazo), and many lesser known but vibrant talents. All n' all, The Great South African Trip provides the listener with a good way to sample the country's rich musical heritage in an attractive package.

AFRICA-CONGO VARIOUS ARTISTS Honest Jon's 040 The World Is Shaking-Cubanissimo From The Congo 1954/55 $18.98
14 tracks, 62 mins, highly recommended
Like clockwork, the folks at Honest Jon's keep cranking out collections of rare music from exotic places culled from the HMV label's extensive vaults. Like other collections in the series, the music is from Africa, originating in the Belgian and French Congo of Central Africa. This music is comprised of traditional Congolese music mixed with South American Latin music, with some influence from Louis Armstrong. As a result, these tunes are highly melodic, rhythmic, and danceable, as demonstrated by Matete Paris and Akei Cimetiere by Adikwa Depala, who was the closest thing to a star that the genre produced. Lute, guitar, likembes, (thumb pianos) shape this music, with percussion filling in the holes, and create a very uplifting sound that often belies the distress of the lyrics (translated in the accompanying booklet). Bottom line: Honest Jon's has done it again, and produced a unique and fascinating musical experience for the musically adventurous. NB: The music in this collection is much more accessible to the world music-novice than many Honest Jon's titles, and would be a good place for the uninitiated to begin. (GMC)

MISCELLANEOUS VARIOUS ARTISTS Kein Und Aber 23284 Hot Women - Women Singers From the Torrid Regions $17.98
24 tracks, 69 mins, highly recommended
Back in print at a lower price. Fabulous collection of vintage recordings of women singers mostly from the 20s and 30s compiled by R. Crumb from his own collection. The 24 tracks includes Louisiana Cajun, Mexican, French Carribean, Chilean, Sicilian, Greek, Algerian, Turkish, East African, Madagascar (an amazing and eerie performance that is hard to describe), Burmese, Hawaiian and more. Superbly remastered by Tony Baldwin and packaged in a digipack including booklet with notes by Crumb along with color illustrations by him of many of the performers. (FS)


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