Various Artists / Rough Guide: Africa & Middle East
Album: Rough Guide: Africa & Middle East   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Mar 2007
Label:World Music Network  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-04-01 Pull Date: 2007-06-03 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jun 3 May 27 May 20 May 13 Apr 29 Apr 22 Apr 15 Apr 8
Airplays: 2 1 1 2 2 2 4 4

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 21, 2019: Cafe Nakhil
4. Apr 28, 2010: Getting Over the Full Moon Hump!!!
Leroy (Nigeria)
2. Jan 17, 2019: Hanging in the Bone Yard
5. May 30, 2007: Eran Mukamel (lust songs)
Lam Tooro
3. Mar 12, 2012: Afro Beats
Mama, Enoralehu, Otage Ya Bolingo
6. May 29, 2007: At the Cafe Bohemian
Magat Milkitna Dulaa

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-04-02
Reviewed by Sadie O., 3/12/07
Good overview of popular music from Africa and the Middle East. Only a couple of songs are the more classic, purely indigenous styles. Very broad selection – 1.2 hours of fine music!
No FCCs – almost nothing in English. I like 9 and 14 best.
1. ***midtempo shuffling beat with various subtle struck instruments, gorgeous alto female vocals in Amharic, rather mysterious sound.
2. ***somewhat uptempo funk with a bit of jazzy/trance electronica.
3. **sweet, relaxed midtempo Afro-beat with talking drums and flute, lovely tenor male vocals.
4. **slow, rather dreamy and trance-y, simple but powerful guitars and piercing male vocals from one of Africa’s top stars.
5. ***falsetto male vocals intro, then rather uptempo electronic and hand drum syncopation with a bit of funky bass.
6. **bright, rather uptempo hand percussion and kora, chorus and male vocals
7. **folksy acoustic guitar, downtempo and wistful-seeming, lovely hoarse male vocals and female chorus.
8. ***hand drums and hand claps, male vocals in Arabic, a bit of flamenco guitar and percussion.
9. ****nutso midtempo electronics, thumb piano and distorted male vocals from the streets of the Congo.
10. ***solo female vocal intro for almost a minute, then midtempo syncopated dance groove. Very groovy.
11. **slow string intro, then midtempo loping hand drum syncopation with Arabian orchestration. Female vocals – classic sound, remake of 50’s Egyptian hit.
12. **midtempo Afro-Cuban cha cha from Morocco, sweet male vocals in Arabic, a bit Rai-inflected.
13. **Nomadic male call and response. Midtempo loping and shuffling groove, simple and repetitive but attractive and compelling.
14. ****slightly uptempo, rather funky electric guitar groove, female vocals in Arabic.
15. **lush synth intro, trance-y dance groove, (called “raihouse”) male vocals in Arabic, rather standard female vocals in English. Very moderno-American sounding, but with a great beat.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Gigi Enoralehu
2. Tweak & Tony Allen Leroy
3. Kekele Otage Ya Bolingo
4. Maal, Baaba & Mansour Seck Lam Tooro
5. Ade, King Sunny Synchro Series Synchro System
6. Kante, Mory Mama
7. Mtukudzi, Oliver Neria
8. Diab, Amr Amarain
9. Sankayi, Masanka & Kasai Allstars Feat. Mutumilayi Wa Muluendu
10. Haza, Ofra Im Nin'alu
11. Fadl, Mahmoud & Salwa Abou Greisha We Daret El Ayam
12. Rhany Un Mot De Toi
13. Etran Finatawa Surbajo
14. Hassan, Mariem Magat Milkitna Dulaa
15. Malik Aiwa