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Sunday, 29 May 2011

Songlines Music Awards 2010 Compilation LP

As world Music compilations go this is one of the best I've experienced over the last couple of years. Songlines Magazine produce the CD and have included the top four nominated artists in the categories for Best Artist, Best Group, Best Newcomer and Cross-Cultural Collaboration.

Standout contributions include the excellent Goran Bregovic with a horn driven party anthem, the haunting Algerian rhythms of Speed Caravan and the consistent quality of Saharan superstars Tinariwen. Surprisingly, I also liked the more traditional african approaches of Oumou Sangare from Mali, the dance-tastic Staff Benda Bilili and the desert banjo cool of Bassekou Kouyate. Only the Mamer track 'Mountain Wind' from China is less than accessible and I currently struggling to understand where it's coming from.

A quality compilation for anyone new to world music and similarly, the magazine is excellent too.

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