Africa has played an essential role in the
history of popular music. Blues, jazz, gospel,
rock & roll, rap, zydeco, samba, salsa,
most of today's popular music has deep roots
in the rhythms, instruments and traditions
of Africa. Explore the diversity of African
music from soukous to South African jive, juju
to jit, and morna to makossa.
From African salsa to Cuban son, Afro-Latin Party is a non-stop celebration of the Latin sounds heard in nightclubs from Dakar to Havana
Croatian salsa, Cuban ska, and Oregonian mambo!? These are three of the unlikely gems listeners will find on Afro-Latin Party. What started out as an effort to provide the perfect soundtrack to a Latin dance party became a tribute to the global appreciation and realization of the musical ricochet between Cuba and Africa.
Central to the Afro-Latin phenomenon is Africando, who provide three songs on Afro-Latin Party, each with a different African lead singer. In the 1960s and 1970s, the biggest names in African music—including such heavyweights as Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita—were performing Latin music, thanks to vinyl that came over from abroad. Cultural exchange between Cuba and the socialist governments in Mali and other parts of West Africa was a regular phenomenon. Performers like the Fania All Stars and Celia Cruz toured Africa and became musical icons.
Africando featuring Amadou Balake Betece
Jose Mangual Jr. Ritmo Con Ache
Pepe & The Bottle Blondes Cuentame Que Te Paso
Ska Cubano Babalu
Africando featuring Medoune Diallo Mandali
Africando featuring Nicholas Menheim Demal
Chico Alvarez Cogele el Gusto
Ronald Rubinel's Salsa Kolor La Grev' Bare Mwen
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca Samba Luku Samba
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The West African country of Mali has a rich cultural history and a powerful impact on the international music scene.
“A lot of people believe Mali will be the next Cuba,” says Putumayo VP of A&R Jacob Edgar, reflecting on the potential of Mali’s music to crossover to a wider audience. “The music is otherworldly and familiar at the same time, and the artists have really interesting stories.”
One of the most striking things about the new Putumayo CD Mali is the diversity of artists represented. Ramatou Diakité comes from the fields of the bluesy Wassoulou region of southern Mali. Tinariwen is a Kel Temeshek or Tuareg band, whose trancey Sahara desert blues served as the musical soundtrack to a fierce fight against discrimination, passed via cassette from camel to 4x4 to taxi across the region. Though Habib Koité—the only artist featured on the album that comes from a griot family—originates from the Bambara tribe, he is known for integrating a diversity of Malian styles into his repertoire. Habib is signed to Putumayo and has released two successful albums, Ma Ya and Baro on the label. A live track and an enhancement featuring a live concert performance by Habib are highlights of the Mali collection.
Moussa Diallo Maninda
Habib Koite Kanawa
Idrissa Soumaoro Ouili Ka Bo
Tinariwen Amassakoul 'N' Tenere
Ramatou Diakite Gembi
Keletigui Diabate • Koulandian
Tom Diakite Fala
Boubacar Traore Kanou
Issa Bagayogo Bana
Mamou Sidibe Bassa Kele
Habib Koite Saramaya (Live)
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North African Groove
Join the funky musical caravan from Morocco to Egypt for a non-stop celebration of North African Dance music
Who would have guessed that Putumayo’s past Arabic releases would do so well in Latin America? But further listening shows that Arabic and Latin music are like second cousins, and today’s Arabic music has diverse influences. North African Groove—the seventh CD in Putumayo’s beat-driven Groove series—proves the point.
Thanks to the Moors, Spanish music has an Arabic influence. And Cuban music combines Spanish heritage with West African music, a region that also shares historical connections with the Arab world.
Jomed Montuno Noreno
Samira Saeid Aal Eah
Amr Diab Nour El Ain
Faudel Si Tu le Veux
Rhany Un Mot de Toi
Amina Dis-Moi Pourquoi
Cheb Jilani Bahebbak
Hamid Baroudi Sidi
Cheb Mami Viens Habibi
Mohamed Mounir Hanina
Eastenders feat. Shady Sheha On the Ride
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A joyous celebration of music from an extraordinary continent.
One cannot overstate the influence Africa has had on music of the world. Jazz, blues, rock and roll, gospel, salsa, samba, funk, hip-hop, reggae, zydeco --- the list of genres which have roots in African music is endless. Africa is home to a myriad of styles, and it remains one of the most creative places for music on the planet.
Tradition still plays an important role in today's African music, yet increasingly influences from around the world are making themselves heard. Ironically, many of the foreign music styles that have been most influential on today's African music have African origins. They are merely long lost relatives returning home. You will hear echoes of jazz, reggae, hip- hop, funk and salsa in the songs included on this collection. Once you have listened to Africa we hope you are inspired to explore further the richness and variety of African music.
Oliver Mtukudzi Ndima Ndapedza
Soul Brothers Thandaza
Afia Mala Segne
Johnny Clegg & Juluka Love is Just a Dream
4 Etoiles Doly
Samba Ngo Sa Ntima
Habib Koité Wassiye
Diaou Kouyate Gafale
Henri Dikongue Francoise
Sam Mangwana Ya Mbemba
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca Manuela
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Cape Verde The remote Cape Verde islands offer a unique and exquisite blend of music with influences from Africa, Portugal and Brazil.
Many of us first heard about Cape Verde through the exquisite voice of Cesaria Evora. Over the past few years, some of the favorite songs on our collections have come from talented Cape Verdean artists. Not only are they starkly beautiful islands, but they are home to one of the world's greatest musical treasure troves.
Brazilian and Cape Verdean music share a common Portuguese heritage. And since these rocky isolated islands are located 300 miles off the coast of Senegal in West Africa, the African influence is also very strong. Cape Verde offers a musical bounty similar in feel to the Brasileiro collection, but with something mysterious and evocative that can only be traced to the romance of these remote and exotic islands.
Ana Firmino with Tito Paris Chico Malandro
Boy Gé Mendes Cumba Iêtu
Nana Matias Pays Sol
Teofilo Chantre Nha Fe
Cesaria Evora Cabo Verde Manda Mantenha
Bana Cabinda a Cunene
Maria Alice Sol Na Tchada
José Zeca "Neves" Injuria
Zeca di nha Reinalda Tchon di Massa Pé
Dulce Matias Nha Cumpadre Faustine
Djurumani Galo Bedjo
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Mali to Memphis
Mali to Memphis Africa and America are united on this revealing journey that traces the route of the blues.
Mali to Memphis is a journey from the heart of an ancient West African kingdom to a city where American black music came into its own, from the sandy banks of the Niger River to the levees of the Mississippi. These songs do not unlock the secrets of Delta blues or Malian spirit music. But there is a kinship between these musicians, and their art reveals that fact in loud, living, present-tense terms, even as it invites us to contemplate the unsolvable riddles of the past.
Mali is an enormous, landlocked country that fills the interior of West Africa. It stretches from the Sahara desert in the north, to the edge of the coastal rain forests in the south. The country's biggest waterway, the Niger River, winds its way northward from Guinea, through the Malian capital, Bamako. It continues up to Segu, center of the old Bambara Empire and ancestral home to many artists on this compilation, and then on to Timbuktu at the edge of the Sahara.
Amadou/Mariam Mon Amour, Ma Cherie
John Lee Hooker I 'm In The Mood
Habib Koite Sirata
Rokia Traore Sabali
Guy Davie You Don't Know My Mind
Boubacar Traore Kar Kar Madison
Eric Bibb Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down
Lobi Traore Dounouya
Muddy Waters My Home Is In The Delta
Jessie Mae Hemphill Standing in My Doorway Crying
Baba Djan Sabari
Taj Mahal Queen Bee
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Technology meets tribal beats on this funky blend of contemporary African dance, electronica, hip-hop and funk
Putumayo World Music continues its exploration of new directions in world music with African Groove, a collection of cutting-edge African music that highlights the ways modern styles have fused with African traditions. African Groove features musicians from Africa who experiment with hip-hop, remixing and electronic programming as well as international electronica artists who have used the rhythms and styles of Africa as inspiration for trend- setting club music.
The latest installment in the Putumayo Grooves series, African Groove, follows in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed, best-selling Putumayo albums Arabic Groove, Latin Groove and Asian Groove.
Issa Bagayogo Saye Mogo Bana
Julien Jacob Kalicom
A Peace of Ebony Vadzimu
Positive Black Soul Wouyouma
Dady Mimbo Bouba (Cool)
Thievery Corporation The Lagos Communique
The Pleb One for Senegal
African Rhythm Travellers Khululuma
Ndumiso Mofolo Hall
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Women of Africa
A celebration of soulful and inspirational music by female artists from across Africa.
Putumayo presents Women of Africa, a collection featuring lyrical and moving songs by leading female artists from throughout the African continent. To be released on April 27th, 2004, Women of Africa celebrates the importance of women in contemporary music of this culturally diverse region.
Women have always played an essential role in the preservation of African culture. From lullabies sung to sleepy children to chants of celebration, women are important bearers of tradition. Unlike some areas in the world where females are discouraged from taking part in public musical performance, in sub-Saharan Africa, music is an essential social activity for all members of the community.
While many musical instruments are traditionally played exclusively by men, women often provide the voice of Africa’s music. This legacy carries over from traditional to contemporary music, and many of today’s most popular singers in Africa are women.
Women of Africa features Putumayo’s favorite songs by women from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Ranging from internationally revered artists like Angèlique Kidjo (Benin), Tarika (Madagascar), Women of Mambazo (South Africa), Khadja Nin (Burundi) and Dorothy Masuka (Zimbabwe), to rising stars such as Judith Sephuma (South Africa), Souad Massi (Algeria), and Sibongile Khumalo (South Africa), to new discoveries Nawal (Comoros), Maria de Barros (Cape Verde), Kaïssa (Cameroon), and Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast), the artists on Women of Africa represent a wide spectrum of today’s African music scene.
Judith Sephuma Le Tshephile Mang
Angélique Kidjo Bahia
Maria de Barros Mi Nada Um Ca Tem
Sibongile Khumalo Mayihlome
Kaïssa To Ndje
Dorothy Masuka Mfan' Omncane
Dobet Gnahoré Abiani
Souad Massi Raoui
Khadja Nin Sina Mali, Sina Deni
Women of Mambazo Vimba
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*Thanks to Dan Storper from Putumayo World Music for providing the information
on the above titles.