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Nonesuch Explorer Series / Burkina Faso: Savannah Rhythms
Album:Burkina Faso: Savannah Rhythms Collection:World
Artist:Nonesuch Explorer Series Added:09/2003
Label:Nonesuch Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-10-25 Pull Date:2004-12-27 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:26 Dec12 Dec28 Nov14 Nov7 Nov31 Oct

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Album Review
Reviewed 2004-08-26 
From 1981. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) is about the size of Colorado and has 60 different languages, according to the notes, which also provide interesting info on the instruments, the tracks, the country, and the musicians. This CD features lots of percussions, high-pitched flutes, and mostly fast traditional songs for dancing. I believe tracks 4 & 5 should be switched according to the notes. Good stuff.

*1. Upbeat, pulsing wedding dance for xylophones & drum.
2. Fast. A “musical bow,” and rattles on a dancer’s legs. Cool.
*3. Drums like a mouth harp & flute like a whistle. Fast.
4. Squeaky flutes, fast drums, lively energy.
5. Midtempo call/response chants.
*6. Great whining vocals, upbeat lute/percussion.
*7. Fast. High voice/response, percussion, claps. Very nice.
8. Slower w/a sense of elegance. Drums, xylophone.
9. Trilling vocals, rattles, a gourd-clarinet. A fast funeral dance.

Track Listing
1.Alla Man Dogo 5.Boli-Bana
2.Lemendi Gyeba 6.Fulani Ensemble
3.Djongo 7.Wenlega
4.Abdulai 8.Hfaf Finien Kien Lo Lay-Nu
 9.Mossi Funeral Celebration