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Various Artists Afrique C‘Est Chic

Africa has an absurdly rich musical tradition, which makes it puzzling that this disc doesn‘t draw more on that continent‘s offerings. Though a solid enough house album, most of the 12 tracks here feature African vocals and occasional drumming, but little else African. Soul Khula‘s "Saturday Night"-a standout with a great bassline and spoken vocals-doesn‘t even have that much. And "Dingo" from Tiger Stripes has seen better incarnations elsewhere. With tracks like the laidback "Malombo" from Mahoota, this album isn‘t bad at all-just a bit misnamed.

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