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Various Artists / Rough Guide African Guitar Legends
Album:Rough Guide African Guitar Legends Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:03/2011
Label:World Music Network 

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Add Date:2011-03-27 Pull Date:2011-05-29 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:22 May15 May8 May1 May24 Apr17 Apr10 Apr3 Apr
Airplays:21123314

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1.Jan 05, 2019:The Acupuncture Hour
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4.Dec 26, 2013:World Tour
On Entre Ok, On Sort Ko
2.Dec 27, 2018:Hanging in the Bone Yard
Yekanini
5.Jun 04, 2012:No Longer at Ease
Imidiwaren, Pole Pole Ya Kuina
3.Jun 12, 2014:Global Warming
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6.Mar 05, 2012:Afro Beats
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Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2011-03-23 
Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends
Reviewed by Sadie O., 3/23/11
CD 1:
1. 5:48 ****pretty, elaborate acoustic guitar, quite Spanish sounding (rather fitting, as he’s done Afrocuban projects.) From Mali. Both male and female vocals.
2. 7:31 *very subdued solo acoustic guitar, sad solo vocals, largely in English. From Zimbabwe. SOOOO melancholy.
3. 5:25 ****desert blues from Mali, swingy and cool. Some great mouth organ and other instruments, too.
4. 7:44 ***pretty, clear and high guitar, groovy Highlife dance tune from Ghana. Relaxed but upbeat.
5. 6:28 ***long intro, then relaxed loping groove, trance-y. Tuareg, from Mali/Algeria.
6. 3:15 *folky, relaxed finger picking, gruff male vocals. A bit like old folk blues.
7. 2:58 **upbeat rumba from the Congo, Caribbean sounding.
8. 5:01 ***pretty swingy soukous from the Congo, a tribute to the artist of the previous track. Teeny bits of funk and Latin elements.
9. 4:32 ****lovely Zulu blues from KwaZulu-Natal. Great vocal call and response/harmonies.
10. 3:52 **pretty and upbeat solo acoustic guitar and vocals – some fuzz sound on the guitar which makes it (or whatever he’s using for an amp) sound homemade. Or maybe VERY VERY roots version of Congotronics.
11. 4:17 **gorgeous, quite complex, acoustic guitar, lots of flourishes (but relaxing!), from Guinea/Ivory Coast. Instrumental. LONG fade.
12. 7:08 ****electric guitar! Juju funk band from Nigeria; one of the most widely-known artists in the collection. Takes a long time to build up steam – and promptly turns into dub. Nice bit of slide.
CD 2:
Congolese rumba (etc) big band. Fine vocals, good range of styles.
1. 5:53 **pretty, swingy, relaxed. Caribbean vibe, but 100% African.
2. 6:06 ****upbeat dancey bounce, soukous groove.
3. 5:18 ***relaxed midtempo paper-parasol-in-your-drink vibe.
4. 5:11 ***accordion intro! Sounds Tex-Mex, almost. Midtempo, swingy.
5. 5:07 **midtempo with a hint of cha cha. Quite an extended jam.
6. 5:54 **midtempo, relaxed, complex vocal line. Switches up halfway through.
7. 5:16 **midtempo dreamy sashay, a bit Latin sounding. Switches up midway again.
8. 5:33 ***vocal intro, then midtempo bouncy, very dancey rumba. Where’s my margarita, dammit?
9. 4:52 ***jazzy bluesy loungey something. Very different.
10. 5:47 **odd start, then midtempo relaxed rumba.
11. 5:22 ***pretty, nice energy.
12. 4:59 ***more pretty, nice energy. Briefly goes all funky, then back. Unfortunately, 2 hours seems to be more than enough for today…

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Djelimady TounkaraFanta Bourama
2.Oliver MtukudziAndinzwi
3.Ali Farka TouréPenda Yoro
4.Eric AgyemanNea Abe Beto
5.TinariwenImidiwaren
6.Jean Bosco MwendaPole Pole Ya Kuina
7.Franco & Ok JazzOn Entre Ok, On Sort Ko
8.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoTour A Tour
9.Shiyani NgcoboYekanini
10.Henry MakobiOmulanga Wamuka
11.Kanté ManfilaRelaxin' At Moribaya (Instrumental)
12.King Sunny AdéJa Fun Mi Dub
13.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoHeritage Ya Luambo
14.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoBeyou Motema
15.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoLiyanzi Ekoti Ngai Na Motema (Mouzi)
16.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoMbanda Nasali Nini? (Madeleine)
17.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoMatinda
18.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoInfidelité Mado
19.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoSalima
20.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoRumba Odemba
21.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoLiwa Ya Franco
22.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoCherie Bondowé
23.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoZozo Visi
24.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba KongoTour A Tour