The Rough Guide To African Roots Revival
Also available on Limited Edition 180gsm Vinyl LP
This Rough Guide spotlights the front-runners of an explosive revival of African roots music. Listen to world-class artists, such as Staff Benda Bilili and the Bedouin Jerry Can Band, mix it up by infusing traditional sounds with the ultra modern, and by using ingenious homemade instruments, many of which are built from junk-yard materials. These are the sweet sounds of a movement which has not simply preserved, but truly reinvented musical genres with outstanding results.
Includes bonus CD by Kenge Kenge
- Listen Buy MP3 Staff Benda Bilili: Je T'Aime (5:03)
- Listen Buy MP3 Bedouin Jerry Can Band: Ya El Yaleladana (4:04)
- Listen Buy MP3 Mbira DzeNharira: Tozvireva Tingaputike Neshungu (8:02)
- Listen Buy MP3 Bassekou Kouyate: Moustapha (5:01)
- Listen Buy MP3 Konono No. 1: Nsimba & Nzuzi (4:30)
- Listen Buy MP3 Seprewa Kasa: Adowa (Otanfo) (4:39)
- Listen Bundle only The Zawose Family: Notendachi (3:27)
- Listen Buy MP3 Jagwa Music: Dunia Watu (3:59)
- Listen Buy MP3 Shiyani Ngcobo: Sevalina (3:37)
- Listen Buy MP3 Papa Kourand: Pointe-Noire (5:40)
- Listen Buy MP3 Mamane Barka: Bulanga (5:06)
- Listen Buy MP3 Kasai Allstars: Quick As White (7:05)
African Roots Revival
This Rough Guide spotlights the front-runners of an explosive revival of African roots music, artists who have not simply preserved, but truly reinvented musical genres with outstanding results. Many of the bands included here feature innovative homemade instruments built from junk-yard materials such as fuel cans, bicycle wires and oil canisters.
The opening track on the album by the charismatic and boisterous group Staff Benda Bilili, features the astonishing skills of Roger Landu on satonge. The music is part Cuban rumba, part funk, part blues, all rolled up into one fantastic Benda Bilili mix. The Zulu igogogo king Shiyani Ncgobo also makes an appearance on ‘Sevelina’. True to masakanda form, the track features an opening instrumental section filled with ornament and flourish, followed by a fast picked section and, later, a recitative passage.
The Bedouin Jerry Can Band play improvised percussion made from rubbish items sourced from their homeland, the Egyptian Sinai Desert. They work the hollow resonant hits of jerry cans, ammunition boxes and coffee jugs into their hypnotic music. Two infamous Congolese bands Kasai All Stars and Konono No 1 can be heard intoning their loopy, mesmerising trance-inducing style on this Rough Guide. Whilst Mamane Barka treats us to the sounds of the biram, a deep, resonant harp accompanied by traditional percussion – the douma, kalangou and calabash.
The full-length bonus album from the Kenyan group Kenge Kenge provides an engaging exploration of the acoustic origins of benga and the Luo musical heritage. The music featured on this Rough Guide popularizes traditional music and simultaneously reinvents it. These are the excellently infectious sounds of the past, present and future all at once.