Various - Africa Plays On...

With tracks drawn from six sub-Saharan countries, Africa Plays On is a rich and diverse compilation. Please Don't Stop, a duet between John Legend and Cameroon's Richard Bona, is Stevie Wonder-style soul, making for an easy introduction. What follows is a mix of more typically African songs (guitar and rhythm wise) and interesting takes on genres such as reggae and hip-hop. Other western artists are involved (Chaka Demus, Roy Ayers, The Roots, Akon), with duties including producing, remixing and helping out on vocals. Defaal Lu Wor even translates into a cover of Talking Heads' Once In A Lifetime. Fortunately, there is little sacrifice of authenticity, so those looking to dabble in world music won't feel short-changed. An enjoyable listen.

Overall

7

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 04:49:33

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