I'll be out of town for a week and don't expect to be able to blog, but I wanted to get something in, so this one's a quickie.
I never managed to snag Vols. 1-3 of the legendary Africa Roots series, recorded at the Melkweg in Amsterdam in the early '80s. I did get hold of the fourth and final (?) installment, and what a wonderful recording it is!
Click on the picture below to read about the artists and the songs. The standout here is Mali's legendary Salif Keita along with the equally fabled Kante Manfila and Ousmane Kouyate, who deliver a scorching rendition of the Ambassadeurs classic "Primpin." Senegal's Baaba Maal, Algeria's Cheb Mami, Angola's Bonga and A.B. Crentsil from Ghana don't disappoint either with inspired renditions of some of their greatest songs. It's all good!
Listening to these tracks will take some of you back to the exciting days of the '80s when every day brought a new revelation for us African music fans and World Music™ had yet to be conceived. Enjoy!
Salif Keita & Les Ambassadeurs - Primpin
Baaba Maal & l'Orchestre - Dental
Baaba Maal & l'Orchestre - Yela
Baaba Maal & l'Orchestre - Lomtoro
Cheb Mami - Sanlou Ala Enabi
Bonga - Kua' Sanzala
Bonga - Camin Longe
A.B. Crentsil - Osokoo
A.B. Crentsil - Atia
A.B. Crentsil - Ahurusi