Three recent compilations use the word party in the album’s title. These electrifying will get your guests grooving. The Rough Guide to African Street Party focuses on Africa and the diaspora. Africa is represented by dance oriented acts from across Africa, including Kenya, Mali, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Congo and Uganda. The diaspora is represented by captivating collaborations between musicians from Africa and South America (specifically Colombia and Venezuela).
The Rough Guide to African Street Party includes well known names such as U.S.-based Congolese salsa musician Ricardo Lemvo, Kenya’s Kenge Kenge and the rising star of Mali, Vieux Farka Touré, along with lesser known artists that are nonetheless very appealing.
Putumayo came out with a CD titled Putumayo Presents African Party. This collection features well known stars from West Africa, the Congo and South Africa. The artists featured are Sekouba Bambino (Guinea), Maciré Sylla (Guinea), BoPol Mansiamina (Congo), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Les Go de Koteba (Ivory Coast), Mapumba (Congo/South Africa), Kotoja (Nigeria/USA), Chiwoniso (Zimbabwe), Louis Mhlanga (South Africa), Bonga (Angola). A portion of Putumayo’s proceeds from the sale of African Party will be donated to HopeHIV.
Think Global: Fiesta Latina (Think Global, THINK109) has chosen the sounds of the Spanish speaking Caribbean with a collection of infectious salsa, bachata, and merengue. The selection includes the late Ray Barretto, the increasingly popular Grammy award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the Colombian-African collaboration Colombiafrica – The Mystic Orchestra, La Sonora Dinamita and several other regional stars: Grupo Caribe, Las Nenas Del Swing, Monchy y Alexandra, Los Hermanos Rosario, La Nueva Patrulla, Roberto Linares Brown, Pochy & Su Cocoband, Mayito Rivera, Frankeley, Los Fulanos, and Orlando Conga.
Buy the CDs:
- In North America, Rough Guide to African Street Party, Putumayo Presents African Party, Think Global: Fiesta Latina
- In Europe: The Rough Guide to African Street Party, Putumayo Presents African Party, Think Global – Fiesta Latina
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.