Various Artists Urban Club Africa: Hip Hop Dancehall and Kwaito
- Words: David Katz
- Label: Out/Here
Out/Here seeks to give wider exposure to the raw, grassroots sound of contemporary urban Africa, as opposed to the adulterated, internationally minded material that is foisted on us as "world music." As the latest installment is a sort of label sampler, drawn mostly from past and upcoming releases and focusing on the most danceable cuts, it's not quite as compelling as earlier Out/Here discs, but is still miles ahead of the competition. High points include Senegalese female hip-hop group Atif, Kenyan duo Necessary Noize, Ghanaian hip life from VIP, and upfront gangsta styling from Liberia's Scientific.
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