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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 30Sep 11

 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 DialloSira
2.Mamou SidibeBakoye
3.Ahmed FofanaBaro
4.Alassane SyNgatamare
5.Baba SalahBorey
6.Alou SangareTeguere
7.Iba DiabateWala Yalala
8.Jahman EselemWaiting For The News
9.Lib QueenLiberia Is Free
10.Eden Roots LiberationAfrica Nation
11.Kofi SammyMaame
12.Michel PinheiroAtchegbe
13.Sherifa GunuAbela
14.Rose Dede TettehWonju
15.BradezOne Gallon