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African Jazz

Cumulative Index of African Music CD Reviews

By Published: April 29, 2007
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  • Fela Ransome-Kuti with Africa 70, Fela With Ginger Baker Live! (FAK/MCA, 1971/2001)

    Fela Kuti's music brought together a global spectrum of sound. This recording, made shortly after Kuti returned to Africa from the United States, feaures Cream drummer Ginger Baker as guest artist. Tasty tunes, tight band, liquid flow.

  • Master Fiddlers of Dagbon, Master Fiddlers of Dagbon (Rounder, 2001)

    John Miller Chernoff, an anthropologist, sociologist and musician, assumed a valuable role as documentary historian when he produced this recording of a traditional fiddle performance from the Dagbon people of northern Ghana. The dominant instrument, a one-string violin, makes a tremendous impact at a visceral level.

  • Frank Tenaille, Music Is The Weapon of the Future: 50 Years of African Popular Music (Lawrence Hill Books, 2002)

    In this excellent book, Tenaille examines influential musicians from all over the African continent. He provides information about distinctive styles, history and influences, and essential recordings representing a huge variety of approaches. A fine introduction and a valuable reference.

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