- Released: September 23, 2008
- Label: Real World
Q - 9/96, p.1074 Stars
- Excellent - "...mixes kora music, Celtic pipes and harp, African talking drum and clattering dance beats to produce the kind of album that gives collaboration a good name. The range of sound is broad and kaleidoscopic..."
- 1.Saor / Free / News From Nowhere
- 2.Whirl-Y-Reel 1
- 3.Inion / Daughter
- 4.Sure-As-Not / Sure-As-Knot
- 5.Nu Cead Againn Dul Abhaile / We Cannot Go Home
- 6.Dark Moon, High Tide
- 7.Whirl-Y-Reel 2
- 8.House of the Ancestors
- 9.Eistigh Liomsa Sealad / Listen to Me / Saor Reprise
Personnel includes: Ayub Ogada (vocals, nyatiti); Zil (vocals); Simon Emmerson (guitar, programming); Caroline Lavelle (cello); Myrdhin (Celtic harp); Kauwding Cissokho (kora); Davy Spillane (whistle, Uilleann pipes); James McNally (whistle, accordion, bodhran); Massamba Diop (talking drum); Manu Katche (cymbals).
Recorded from 1995-96.
Afro Celt Sound System: Iarla O Lion ird, Ayub Ogada, Zil (vocals); Simon Emmerson (guitar, drum, programming, keyboard programming); Malcolm Crosbie (guitar); James MacKintosh (banjo, bongos); Mydhin (celtic harp); Kauwding Cissokho (kora); Ronan Browne (mandolin, alto flute, wooden flute, Uilleann pipe, harmonium); Iain Macleod-Jones (mandolin); Angus R. Grant (fiddle); Jocelyn Pook (viola); Caroline LaVelle (cello); Davy Spillane (whistle, Uilleann pipe); James McNally (whistle, accordion, bodhran); Jo Bruce (keyboards, bass instrument, drum, keyboard programming); John Fortis (keyboards, electric bass, loops); Martin Russell (keyboards, programming); Massamba Diop (talking drum); Manu Katch? (cymbals); L?von Minassian, Simon Edwards.
There may have been a time when the juxtaposition of Uilleann pipes and African drums would have seemed contrived or even cacophonous. However on this release the Afro Celt Sound System makes it seem as if it were inevitable.
With song titles such as "Inion," "Nil Cead Againn Dul," and ""Eistigh Liomsa Sealad," SOUND MAGIC, the band's debut album, arguably leans closer to its Celtic roots. However, a steady dance beat, electronic loops, and the presence of such performers as Kauwding Cissokho and Masamba Diop, both from Baaba Maal's band, mean that this is world music in the truest sense.