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Various Artists Africa Remix

Here we have the sound of New Afrika, a land in perpetual transition, yet one that seems to recognize the value of history at all times. The selections offered here are all fairly recent (the oldest track is from 1998), and highly fusionist-you‘ll find Xhosa dancehall, Senegalese-Cuban jazz, Kenyan rap, Afro-Arabian folk, Malian downtempo, and Congolese electro-garage. Yet for all the benefits of modern technology, the most compelling aspects of these rhythmic safaris are the most ancient and traditional. The breadth and the scope of this compilation is impressive; well-known artists like Mory Kante, Youssou N‘Dour, Thomas Mapfumo, Orchestre Baobab, and Oumou Sangare are placed next to relative unknowns like Awilo Longomba, Ghorwane, Thandiswa Mazwai, and Kandia Kouyate. Though it‘s not possible to encompass an entire continent in 16 songs, Africa Remix comes close.

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