Acoustic Africa

$14.98

On Acoustic Africa, you?ll discover gentle folk songs from Senegal, a protest song from South Africa, blues-tinged ballads from Mali and much more. The performers on this album are social activists, building awareness of the current conditions in Africa that affect the region and the world. They sing of love and faith, pain and oppression, […]

On Acoustic Africa, you?ll discover gentle folk songs from Senegal, a protest song from South Africa, blues-tinged ballads from Mali and much more. The performers on this album are social activists, building awareness of the current conditions in Africa that affect the region and the world. They sing of love and faith, pain and oppression, and their ability to unite people. Vusi Mahlasela is an active social commentator who often addresses issues of social and political significance in his homeland. His gripping lyrics and lovely melodies on “Basimanyana” demonstrate why Mahlasela is also a leading figure in the contemporary South African music scene. One of Africa?s most world-renowned performers, Habib Koité has shared the stage with some of the world?s best-known artists. On the track “Baro,” Koité?s wistful vocals with swirling rhythms and intertwined harmonies demonstrate his distinctive sound. Koité?s music video for “Wari” is a bonus enhancement on the CD, as well as one of Koité?s best-loved songs. Other artists of note include Diogal Sakho, Laye Sow, Angelique Kidjo, and Eneida Marta. Later this fall Putumayo will translate the experience of the Acoustic Africa collection into a live performance setting, bringing together three of the African continent?s most gifted singer-songwriters on one stage. The Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Africa Concert Tour featuring Acoustic Africa artists Habib Koité from Mali, Vusi Mahlasela from South Africa and Dobet Gnahoré from Ivory Coast will travel to more than 40 cities in North America and Europe, giving audiences a rare and unique opportunity to experience first-hand the dynamic performances of these truly enigmatic musicians. A portion of Putumayo?s proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to Mercy Corps in support of their efforts to help AIDS victims and the victims of the civil war in Darfur.

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