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Africa - Released March 23, 2018 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released December 8, 2014 | Analog Africa

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Africa - Released May 5, 2014 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released May 2, 1984 | Le Monde des Artistes

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Africa - Released January 30, 2014 | Sonodisc

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Africa - Released August 12, 2013 | Indigo

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Africa - Released July 1, 2013 | Indigo

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Madagascar's Rajery is a wizard on the valiha, a true master of the harp-like instrument, which is all the more impressive considering he can only play with one hand, the other having withered when he was young. But it hasn't stopped him -- there's an airy flow to the music on Fanamby, which is an acoustic gem that mixes Malagasy high plateau music with a bit of almost everything, including jazz, in a series of instrumentals and songs. It helps that he has superb, sympathetic backing. The style of the Malagasy marovany (or box guitar), which doesn't actually appear on the album, is picked up by Toty's bass in places, notably the start of "Mainte." Mostly, however, this record is about melody, whether instrumental or vocal, gorgeously sung and played, with the kind of innate tightness to the band that can only come from lots of playing together, making it a joy to listen to. But while a simple pleasure on the surface, listen more closely and you can hear the depth of thought and the skill that go into making it all seem so easy, giving the album plenty of meat on its bones without ever resorting to the kind of flashiness so many use. Call it wonderful. ~ Chris Nickson
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Africa - Released April 8, 2013 | Nonesuch

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Africa - Released March 11, 2013 | Radio France

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Africa - Released April 30, 2012 | Celluloïd

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Once upon a time there was a new music in what is now Zaire, in which almost anything could happen and probably did, so creative was the ferment. Among the mighty men who bestrode the musical landscape was one Antoine Moundanda, who mixed the sanza finger-piano with guitars and percussion, and lo, there was a sound of great joy, the like of which is rarely to be heard. The quirky genius Zao recently resurrected Moundanda and paired him with sax, flute, guitars and other soukousian elements of great quality, on equal terms. ~ John Storm Roberts, Original Music

Africa - Released March 5, 2012 | Igloomondo

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Africa - Released September 19, 2011 | World Circuit

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4 stars out of 5 -- "Playing with a small band, she sets up intricate backing tracks that lean a little on jazz and funk, but it's her insistence on memorable hooks in the chorus that make the songs special.
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Africa - Released March 28, 2011 | Bolibana

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Africa - Released January 1, 1991 | Saravah

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Africa - Released November 15, 2004 | Buda musique

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Africa - Released March 1, 2003 | Cobalt

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Africa - Released September 1, 2005 | Buda musique

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Africa - Released June 27, 2005 | World Circuit

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Africa - Released April 1, 2005 | Palm Pictures

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In 2001 Baaba Maal was internationally renowned as one of the most important African stars. Produced in collaboration with Chris Blackwell, who discovered Bob Marley, the Senegalese singer’s previous albums contributed to defining the great currents of world music during the nineties. He put Senegalese rap on the map, experimented with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno and other sound adventurers. With Missing You he’s the first important African artist to go back to his acoustic roots. Produced by Englishman John Leckie (Radiohead, Stone Roses…) this album was recorded in a mobile studio in the centre of Toucouleur village of Toubab Dialaw. With the exception of an electric bass, all instruments are acoustic: guitars, kora, hoddu, tambin, balafon and numerous percussions such as tama, sabra drums and congas. Numerous choristers, both male and female, have been used in support of the already powerful voice of Baaba Maal. The songs, composed for the occasion, take full advantage of the natural environment in which they were recorded as animal cries and atmospheres of vigils punctuate intimate ballads. And even though we can’t actually discern it, it’s obvious the public galvanised the musicians during the album’s liveliest tracks. Despite the years, this album hasn’t shown any sign of ageing and remains a wonderful way to experience the atmosphere of African nights at a Peul village, animated by its brightest star. © BM/Qobuz
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Africa - Released November 15, 2004 | Buda musique

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A bunch of brass instruments repeating an overpowering melody, supported by jerky and rippling rhythms. It’s already irresistible, but when Mahmoud Ahmed’s sensual singing starts, ascending and descending this mountain of groove without ever losing breath, the listener approaches an ecstasy that continues throughout the following tracks. It was through this disc, which gathers recordings from 1975, that the Western World discovered Ethio-jazz and its emblematic crooner. Distributed for the first time in 1986 by the Belgian label Crammed Records, this collection of treasures, gathered by producer Francis Falceto, stirred up the enthusiasm of the press and of the lovers of the nascent phenomenon of World Music. But this success was stifled in Ethiopia, until 1991 and the end of the dictatorial regime, which took a dim view on this disheveled national representation. It took another ten years and the initiative from the Buda label to accompany Falceto in his ambition to re-release, through the collection Ethiopiques, the entirety of the masterpieces produced in Addis Ababa during the golden age of this music, at the start of the 1970s. The success of the unique blend of local music, rhythm ‘n’ blues and jazz has been growing steadily since. It has revitalized the career of its most valid actors and generated vocations among young musicians. © BM/Qobuz

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