Various: Marabi Africa 2 (Marabi)

 |   |  <1 min read

DuOuD: Missy Nouakchott (with Malouma)
Various: Marabi Africa 2 (Marabi)

The first compilation Marabi Africa won plaudits at Elsewhere because, if nothing else, Marabi was the label which brough the great Malouma to world attention -- and so this sequel commands attention immediately.

Once more there is an impressively broad but coherent cross-section of artists represented, some of whom have appeared at Elsewhere (Malouma again, El Hadj N'Diaye, the late Ali Farka Toure with Boubacar Traore) as well as some names (Mahotella Queens, Rumbanella Band) back from that earlier collection.

As always though, it is the unfamiliar artists who offer the delight of the unexpected: DuOuD features oud player Mehdi Haddab of Taranaki Womad 2009 guests Speed Caravan with Malouma on vocals and they bridge the ancient and the future with an effortless amalgam of traditional sounds and electronica; Mounira Mitchala offers Arabic soul; Rajery introduces the tube zither to your ears, Trio Ifriqiya from Algeria deliver soul-folk jazz with piano, oud, and percussion . . .

All these 16 tracks are taken from the artists' album noted in the sleeve but, as with the previous collection, this acts just fine as a stand-alone album.

Recommended. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Cheikh Lo: Lamp Fall (World Circuit/Elite)

Cheikh Lo: Lamp Fall (World Circuit/Elite)

Singer-guitarist Lo from Senegal is a man whose music observes no boundaries: on previous albums he's brought a warm Cuban sound into the context of African juju guitars, had Pee Wee Ellis of James... > Read more

Various Artists: Womad 2015 Australia and New Zealand Compilation (Cartell/Border)

Various Artists: Womad 2015 Australia and New Zealand Compilation (Cartell/Border)

Because Elsewhere has a long established reputation as the only New Zealand outlet/website which regularly addresses and interviews world music artists -- so is a Womad all year round while others... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

CHASING TRANE; THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY a doco by JOHN SCHEINFELD (Rhino DVD/BluRay)

CHASING TRANE; THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY a doco by JOHN SCHEINFELD (Rhino DVD/BluRay)

If 1967 was a great year in rock music – debut albums by Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Velvet Underground and others, and of course Sgt Pepper's – it was a bad year for jazz. In July... > Read more

Greg Johnson: Secret Weapon (JMA)

Greg Johnson: Secret Weapon (JMA)

That Greg Johnson seeded funding for this album by a pre-order subscription shows he has a loyal audience in this country – especially as he hasn't lived here for almost a decade and he's... > Read more