Afro:Baile’s Roots

Various artists

Afro:Baile Records presents The Southern Root (Afro:Baile Records, 2008)

Arizona-based world music label Afro:Baile Records has released this compilation of world beat artists from the U.S.A., Brazil, Jamaica, Latin America and Africa. Unlike other compilations, which focus on well known artists, DJ Seduce’s The Southern Root introduces a collection of musicians who have had little exposure, even in world music circles.

Compilations such as this are a great way to discover new talent. The genres included in The Southern Root’s 11 tracks  include several rock en español acts, Afrobeat, Mexican-style cumbia, lounge, a rootsy samba batucada, and reggae.

The label’s name "Afro:Baile" (afro = African inspired music, baile = dance) comes from the Afro:Baile monthly event that won  the 2006 Best of Phoenix Award – "Best New World Music Night".

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.