Umoya / Tribal Beatz Of Africa
Album: Tribal Beatz Of Africa   Collection:World
Artist:Umoya   Added:Nov 2006
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-01-07 Pull Date: 2007-03-11 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Mar 4 Feb 11 Feb 4 Jan 28 Jan 14
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Recent Airplay
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3. Apr 03, 2008: Sunshine ... on a Sunny Afternoon
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6. Feb 03, 2007: New World Disorder
Marching To Moira

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-01-15
Umoya – Tribal Beatz of Africa
Reviewed by Sadie O., 12/7/06
Exploration of African music by some well-known popularizers of World/African music. It’s very scholarly and carefully produced, and between that and the (IMO) obtrusive synthesized strings it lacks the spark and naturalism of home-grown African music. Lots of excellent musicianship, but I’m not sure what we’re trying to get at, here. It’s like they took World-beat Afro-pop and tried to make it into elevator music. Still, there are some very nice bits – I like tracks 9 and 13-15. Several tracks would get another star from me if they left off the synthesized strings, which just kill the vibe for me…
1. starts with a rather trance-like repeated drumbeat, adds layers of sounds (including synthesized strings, which I think detracts) and choir. Ugandan origin.
2. **Starts with bit of flute and whistles, adds uptempo drums, then bass and rather melancholy synthesized strings – although voices and other instruments are upbeat. Somewhat cinematic effect in places, nice bass groove in others. Togo/Ghana origin.
3. ***slow funky groove, based on Malian rhythm. Cool, relaxed vibe, pretty choir. Nice bit of interaction between thumb-piano sort of thing and bass.
4. **Johnny Clegg solo number in Zulu (he plays all instruments). Mellow and folky, but with a pleasant beat, and he has an impeccable grasp of Zulu singing.
5. *Pretty solo female vocals with a bit of hand percussion, annoying synthesized strings which thankfully quit early and let the drums and bass take over, which improves things exponentially. Ends with solo vocals again.
6. **guitar and mellow midtempo loping groove. Based on Shanga tradition from Mali, with rather overly sweet vocals and very nice guitars.
7. ***nice guitar intro, downtempo Zulu piece with nice deep male vocals and guitar, shouts of cowherders in background. Weird spacey synthesized bit in middle.
8. Starts with a lot of soft spinner/whistles and rainstick. Adds guitar and handclaps and those goddamned synthesized strings. Midtempo and trancey. Nice vocal bits.
9. ****midtempo loping drums and vocalized beats, based on West African rhythm.
10. **solo talking drum intro, other instruments layer in, downtempo Yoruba-based groove. Nice bells, guitar and bass – crap synth…
11. **cool midtempo Mandingo/Mali groove with terrific running bassline and lots of happy-sounding voices.
12. **random drumbeat intro, very downtempo and downbeat shuffle based on Shangaan rhythm from South Africa. Bass and drums predominate, with some vocal chorus.
13. ****oooh, big drumline intro hooks me right off – midtempo dancing march with great jazzy bass. Nice!
14. ****almost whispered male chanting, voices added, then loping midtempo Mandingo-based choral song with sweet South African guitars, cool bass and drums.
15. ****big brass band from Cape Town, Carneval vibe. Drumline marching/dancing drums and that great bass – cool. Random street celebration noises for last several seconds.

Track Listing
1. Kidikoth   8. Pula
2. Takai   9. Tonjo
3. Yeren   10. Oya
4. Sihamba Nawe   11. Bamako
5. Kalisia   12. Yeleye
6. Kumini   13. Marching To Moira
7. Uchibidolo   14. Balanza
  15. Goema