Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Rough Guide Unwired: Acoustic Music From Around The World


Audio CD: FDO 2001-10-01
Label: World Music Network

"Although its focus is acoustic-oriented world music, Unwired doesn't limit itself to traditional sounds -- in fact, much of the compilation consists of contemporary, even cutting-edge pop from various continents. Covering a lot of territory, this excellent CD take us to various parts of Africa with selections by Toumani Diabate and Baaba Maal, as well as to Spain with Duquende's "Lo Bueno Y Lo Malo" (an appealing example of the type of nuevo flamenco that has been the rage in Spain since the 1970s), and to Latin America with Argentinean tango vocalist Adriana Varela's dramatic "La Casita De Mis Viejos" and Colombian vallenato artist Maximo Jimenez's "Vuelo En Libelula." (Quite different from cumbia, vallenato is an exuberant, accordion-based style that comes from Colombia's Atlantic coast.) India is represented by Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia's "Love," while instrumental Finnish folk is represented by the all-female quintet Niekku's "Yski Ruusu." One of the best songs on the album is Sudanese singer Rasha's "Azara Al Hay," a haunting, jazz-influenced gem. Not the least bit predictable, Unwired is well worth obtaining.Enjoy!!!..... at 320 kbps!"

Track Listings
01. Carnaval - Cuarteto Patria & Manu Dibango
02. Cheka Ukama - Oliver ''Tuku'' Mutukudzi
03. Azara Al Hay - Rasha
04. Tizita (Memories) - Aster Aweke
05. Lo Bueno Y Lo Malo - Duquende
06. La Casita De Mis Viejos - Adriana Varela
07. Vuelo En Libelula - Maximo Jimenez
08. Di Krenitse (The Well) - The Klezmatics
09. Yksi Ruusu - Niekku
10. Love - Shivkumar Sharma & Hariprasad Chaurasia
11. Djam Leelii - Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck
12. Alla L'Aa Ke - Toumani Diabate
13. Bia - Cesaria Evora
14. Red Ribbon - Guo Yue & Joji Hirota
15. Dawn - Savourna Stevenson

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