Various Artists / Akwaaba Wo Africa
Album: Akwaaba Wo Africa   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Jul 2011
Label:Akwaaba Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-08-28 Pull Date: 2011-10-30 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 30 Sep 11
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 06, 2012: Afro Beats
Liberia Is Free, Baro, Bakoye
3. Sep 08, 2011: Happy Hour
Africa Nation
2. Oct 29, 2011: New World Disorder
One Gallon
Ngatamare, Baro, Bakoye, Sira

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-08-20
Interesting mix of sounds from a large collection of artists. Among the countries represented are Senegal, Mali, Cameroon, Libera, Ghana, Benin, and Sierra Leone. Tracks range from traditional Afro folk to blues & Afro jazz blends to Latin-infused jams. Instrumentals and vocals. The title, “akwaaba wo Africa” means “welcome to Africa” in Ashanti. Many of the artists are stars in their homeland and, sadly, unknown outside it. I loved many of the tracks, didn’t like some.

*1. Sweet midtempo blend of kora, guitars and vocals. 5:15
2. Female vocals, strings, percussion. Relaxed and warm. 4:44
*3: Wickedly dark jazz sax counterpoints w/strings & perc. Yow!3:47
*4. Big and joyful vocals. Relaxed yet happy and warm. 4:48
5. Starts relaxed, picks up and gets warm and swaying 4:48
*6. Upbeat mbira, female chorus, male lead vox. Sunshiny. 5:07
7. Guitars, lazy vocals. Dreamy and fluid w/violin & cello. 5:25
8. Big brassy Afro reggae jam in English. Not the best track.5:47
9. Mid/upbeat ode to Libera, a bit too overproduced. 5:58
10. More midtempo Afro reggae. 4:05
11. Bright and uptempo strings/perc w/a hint of Latin spice 6:27
*12. Wicked up, busy, brassy Latin wiggle. Caliente! 3:42
13. Upbeat w/layers of keys/perc/vocals. Fast & fiery. 4:35
14. Carnival party jam w/hot percussion, vocals. 5:39
15. Electronic layers, upbeat Euro-Afro-dance blend. 6:40

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Rahmane Diallo Sira
2. Mamou Sidibe Bakoye
3. Ahmed Fofana Baro
4. Alassane Sy Ngatamare
5. Baba Salah Borey
6. Alou Sangare Teguere
7. Iba Diabate Wala Yalala
8. Jahman Eselem Waiting For The News
9. Lib Queen Liberia Is Free
10. Eden Roots Liberation Africa Nation
11. Kofi Sammy Maame
12. Michel Pinheiro Atchegbe
13. Sherifa Gunu Abela
14. Rose Dede Tetteh Wonju
15. Bradez One Gallon