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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
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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 Tounkara Fanta Bourama
2.Oliver Mtukudzi Andinzwi
3.Ali Farka Touré Penda Yoro
4.Eric Agyeman Nea Abe Beto
5.Tinariwen Imidiwaren
6.Jean Bosco Mwenda Pole Pole Ya Kuina
7.Franco & Ok Jazz On Entre Ok, On Sort Ko
8.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Tour A Tour
9.Shiyani Ngcobo Yekanini
10.Henry Makobi Omulanga Wamuka
11.Kanté Manfila Relaxin' At Moribaya (Instrumental)
12.King Sunny Adé Ja Fun Mi Dub
13.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Heritage Ya Luambo
14.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Beyou Motema
15.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Liyanzi Ekoti Ngai Na Motema (Mouzi)
16.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Mbanda Nasali Nini? (Madeleine)
17.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Matinda
18.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Infidelité Mado
19.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Salima
20.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Rumba Odemba
21.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Liwa Ya Franco
22.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Cherie Bondowé
23.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Zozo Visi
24.Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo Tour A Tour