The Rough Guide To African Lullabies
Music is an intrinsic part of life in Africa, and from the earliest age, the lullaby is used to sooth and calm children into quiet time and sleep. Featuring some of the biggest names in African music, let the peaceful voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and soothing sounds of the mbira and kora gently lull your baby to sleep.
'a perfect selection of tracks', 4**** stars, Songlines
'surprising little gem... works for any age group due to its grown-up selection of the gentle giants of African music', Traveller Magazine
'a decently somniferous assortment', fRoots
Includes bonus CD by Virginia Mukwesha
- Listen Buy MP3 Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Mbube (Wimoweh - The Lion Sleeps Tonight) (3:12)
- Listen Buy MP3 Jean Bosco Mwenda: Tambala Moja (4:30)
- Listen Buy MP3 Angelique Kidjo: Lakutshona Llanga (2:16)
- Listen Buy MP3 Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Tabali Te (1:47)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate: Simbo (4:01)
- Listen Buy MP3 Eyuphuro: Masikini (5:09)
- Listen Buy MP3 Sara Tavares: Guisa (4:34)
- Listen Buy MP3 Saba: Huwaiahuwa (1:41)
- Listen Buy MP3 Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou: Mother's Love (3:36)
- Listen Buy MP3 Seprewa Kasa: Seprewa Kasa (Seprewa Speaks Guitar Answers!) (6:30)
- Listen Buy MP3 Chiwoniso: Only One World (4:15)
- Listen Buy MP3 Virginia Mukwesha: Matare Part I (Excerpt) (5:12)
- Listen Buy MP3 Daby Balde: Halaname (4:57)
- Listen Bundle only Ba Cissoko: Manssani (5:01)
- Listen Buy MP3 Miriam Makeba: Malaika (Original Single 1974) (4:25)
This Rough Guide features a whole host of sweet tempered songs from different corners of Africa. The music gently rocks listeners away in to blissful deep dreams with relaxing songs from Ethiopia, Mali, Zimbabwe and more.
South African a capella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are renowned for their velvety smooth harmonies and rich tone colours. On ‘Mbube (Wimoweh – The Lion Sleeps Tonight)’ the group sing out their seminal version of the well known African folksong. On ‘Malaika’ Miriam Makeba or ‘Mama Africa’ as she is affectionately known grooves along with her signature expressive vocals, slowly swinging percussion and tentatively trembling guitar lines. A worthy idol in every sense of the word, Makeba was a key player in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement and the civil rights movements.
Cape Verdean Sara Tavares exposes her beautifully silky smooth voice on ‘Guisa’. Melancholic jazzy vocals slink away against a resonant acoustic guitar part with soulful emotion. The Somalian musician Saba intones her version of a traditional ancient lullaby on ‘Huwaiahuwa’. The track ‘Mother’s Love’ features Ethiopian-born composer and pianist Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou.
Stringed African instruments feature heavily on this album. Whether they are plucked, picked, frayed or strummed the collection spotlights a diverse array of music beautifully punctuated with flexing and releasing strings. Malian Ngoni maestro Bassekou Kouyaté appears with his ensemble Ngoni Ba on ‘Tabali Te’. Infamous kora player Toumani Diabate and the celebrated desert blues guitarist Ali Farka Touré contribute a lilting instrumental duet on track ‘Simbo’. The kora-led four pieces band Ba Cissoko from Guinea rock gently away on ‘Manssani’.
The bonus disc features instrumental mbira music from Virgina Mukwesha. The mbira is an ancient instrument from Zimbabwe. Mukwesha’s style produces soft humming tones that are pleasantly gentle in timbre and mood.