Various Artists - Rough Guide to African Lullabies (Music CD)

Release Date: 29 August 2011
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There's a wonderfully mellow quality to African music that makes it perfect for lullabies. The music here might be from all over the continent, from Cape Verde to South Africa and Somalia, but every track shares that soft, lulling quality. There are plenty of big names here, like Ladysmith Black Mambazo with a gorgeously delicate take on "Wimoweh," and Ang�lique Kidjo turning jazzy. The collection doesn't consist entirely of songs, by any means: the great Ali Farka Tour� and Toumani Diabat� work their instrumental magic on "Simbo," and Virginia Mukwesha is hypnotic on the mbira (thumb piano) -- she also has the entire bonus disc devoted to her work. Saba offers a subdued take on the traditional "Huwaiahuwa," a song that has almost Celtic cadences for a truly international feel. Kora player Ba Cissoko uses his instrument to wonderful effect on "Manssani," with rippling splashes of notes and gorgeous tones from a second, electric kora. It's perhaps apt that the disc should conclude with Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa herself, with the 1974 love song "Malaika," to give everyone good dreams. ~ Chris Nickson
Release Date: 29 August 2011

1. Mbube (Wimoweh ? The Lion Sleeps Tonight) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
2. Tambala Moja - Mwenda, Jean Bosco
3. Lakutshona Llanga - Kidjo, Angelique
4. Tabali Te - Kouyate, Bassekou
5. Simbo - Toure, Ali Farka
6. Masikini - Eyuphuro
7. Guisa - Tavares, Sara
8. Huwaiahuwa - Saba
9. Mother's Love - Guebrou, Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam
10. Seprewa Kasa (Seprewa Speaks Guitar Answers!) - Kasa, Seprewa
11. Only One World - Chiwoniso
12. Matare, Pt. 1 (Excerpt) - Mukwesha, Virginia
13. Halaname - Balde, Daby
14. Manssani - Cissoko, Ba
15. Malaika (Original Single 1974) - Makeba, Miriam
16. Matare, Pt. 1 - Mukwesha, Virginia
17. Matare, Pt. 2 - Mukwesha, Virginia
18. Matare, Pt. 3 - Mukwesha, Virginia
19. Matare, Pt. 4 - Mukwesha, Virginia
20. Matare, Pt. 5 - Mukwesha, Virginia
21. Matare, Pt. 6 - Mukwesha, Virginia
22. Bonus Track - Mukwesha, Virginia

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Catalogue No: 331251