Smooth Africa [Enhanced CD]

by Various Artists
Rating 4.8
6 ratings
List Price: $18.98
SALE PRICE: $5.98
You Save: $13 (68% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 1-3 business days
Item:  HUP 3054
Amazon sells this CD for $14.01, buying at OLDIES.com saves you 57%

CD Details

  • Fantasy Warehouse Clearance Sale product may be specifically marked for one-way sale
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Heads Up

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - 8/00, p.83
"...Showcases premier African artists...on compositions meant to illuminate and dispel myths about the 'Dark Continent'....a moving tribute to a place as rich in history as in talent..."r

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Soweto - Wessel Van Rensberg
  • Buy for $0.992.11 K's to Freedom - Joe McBride
  • Buy for $0.993.Point of View - Jimmy Dludlu
  • Buy for $0.994.Meeting of the Women - Paul Hanmer
  • Buy for $1.295.Manenberg - Abdullah Ibrahim
  • Buy for $1.296.Mpule - Andy Narell
  • Buy for $0.997.Smoothe Africa - Dave Love
  • Buy for $0.998.Cape Vibes Got'em? - Gito Baloi / Martin Walters
  • Buy for $0.999.Gumba in Durban - Sipho Gumede / Martin Walters
  • Buy for $0.9910.Tazara Express - Martin Walters
  • Buy for $0.9911.When Days Are Dark Friends Are Few - Sipho Gumede

Product Description:

This is an enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks & multimedia
computer files.
Ever since the triumph of Paul Simon's Graceland, mainstream pop music fans seem more open to the spirited rhythms and galloping guitars of authentic South African musicians. To this point, smooth jazz has only paid lip service to the vast creative resources of that country's music scene, with Jonathan Butler (who appears here) mixing in a few bars of some home cookin' between his playful acoustic guitar melodies and silky ballads. This collection was the natural outgrowth of several trips label president Dave Love took to that country last year and his fascination with the way said rhythms could blend into his company's usual pop instrumental format. Love's idea was to let his artists Joe McBride and Andy Narell jam on various cuts with the natives, then let the natives loose to do their own thing, and he pulls it off quite attractively. There's no mistaking McBride's lively, melodic piano style on the top of "11K's to Freedom," but more impressive is the way he textures that with a simmering organ sound as bassist Muza Manzini turns the tune into a romp to the border. McBride creates a similarly seductive blues/jazz blend on the South African classic "Manenberg," letting Butler flash his trademark snappy acoustic chops as he reminds listeners where he hails from. On the moody "Mpule," Narell's one-of-a-kind steel pans ride gently over a thick percussion pattern by Roland Guerrero and the dueling guitars of Ray Obiedo and Jonathan Crossley. Love himself wrote the dreamy, hypnotic title track as a showcase for one of the country's best-loved exports, horn master Hugh Masekela. Masekela's distant, soulful cry is echoed by a warm, chanting response from vocalists Darnel Alexander and Gloria Bosman. "Gumba in Durban" is the most exciting track, featuring a horn-section-splashed romp fusing hot percussion, a jumpy sax melody by McCoy Mrubata, Wayne DeLano's lively flute, and Errol Dyers' irresistible rolling electric guitar. Smooth Africa is an effective bridge between American smooth jazz and South African's ethnic flavors. A second volume with less star power and more showcasing by the unknowns would be a welcome treat. ~ Jonathan Widran
Fantasy Warehouse Clearance Sale

Music Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 4.8
Based on 6 ratings.
Be the first Music Lover to write an online review of this product!

Similar Products:

Genre:
Music Categories:

Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 30,967
  • UPC: 053361305420
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

Top ranking titles in the World Music genre:

Top ranking CD: