African Ballads

2008-01-16 13:50
Sing along to Senegalese musician Ismael Lo’s classic “Dibi Dibi Rek”. Tap your feet to bare footed Cape Verdean diva, Cesaria Evora’s haunting slow jam “Sodade” and to Baaba Maal's distinctly West African rhythms in “Jamaa Jenngii”. Slow dance to the melancholic but equally beautiful classic “Neria” by Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi.

African Ballads is a mixed masala of some of the continents most vibrant mid-tempo rhythms. Guitarist Louis Mhlanga represents Mzansi with the outstanding “What the future holds” while Madagascar born Salala adds some funky spice to the mix with “Lanitra Manga Manga” and Cameroonian jazz musician, Richard Bona pieces it together with his rich vocals in “Bisso Baba” (always together). Ah pure bliss.

-Gugu Mkhabela
Sheer pleasure - that’s what this proudly Pan African brew of popular ballads from fifteen prolific musicians from Mzansi to Cape Verde is.

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