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Kane, Nuru / Exile
Album:Exile Collection:World
Artist:Kane, Nuru Added:11/2012
Label:World Music Network 

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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2012-11-30 
Nuru Kane – Exile
Reviewed by Sadie O., 11/30/12
Northwest African fusion incorporating desert blues and Gnawa, Reggae, bits of Latin and Hip Hop. Kane is a fine singer and guitarist, and the musical styles, although quite diverse, are all quite pretty and enchanting.
1. 3:36 **mellow and pretty acoustic strings, swingy Highlife/Caribbean groove. Bit of African rap.
2. 3:51 **downbeat, low-key, slightly bluesy groove involving violin, definitely haunting feel suiting the song’s subject. Some rather wild vocal work.
3. 3:00 ***Gnawa groove, lower register instrumentation, Senegalese style vocals with maybe a hint of Latin tinge.
4. 3:51 ***very pretty acoustic guitar blues, very similar to American country blues; most of the Africanity is in the vocal harmonies of the chorus (and language). Sweet.
5. 3:54 **strummed acoustic guitar, violin, Andalusian styling (think Gipsy Kings).
6. 4:19 **ever so pretty! Tinkly harp and guitar, lovely vocal harmonies, very relaxed.
7. 3:42 **mbira and electric bass intro, uptempo instrumentation, with a bit of Hip Hop influence in some of the Western African vocals.
8. 4:11 ***country blues – with hints of Latin, Hip Hop, even some funk in the bass, and a sashay rhythm. Lyrics in French, giving it a bit of Cajun feel as well.
9. 3:53 ****loping midtempo Reggae shuffle, fun vocal style in French and English. Goes through some changes and ends up as ska.
10. 4:31 **back to very pretty tinkly guitars, mellow vibe, sounds like a fretless bass in there, too. Definite Andalusian tinge, as well as Gnawa percussion in last half.
11. 4:28 **Desert blues – gorgeous trembling solo acoustic guitar, very mellow (and somehow “timeless” sounding) baritone vocals, also pretty female vocal bits. Just really lovely.

Track Listing
1.Afrika 6.Wango
2.Exile 7.Sadye
3.Bambala 8.Yes We Kane
4.Niang Balo 9.Issoire
5.Corriendo 10.Bayil
 11.Zikar