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listen  3. Celebrate MzansiMoses Khumalo 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Beautiful LoveZim Ngqawana 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. LangerySheer Allstars 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Tugela RailDarius Brubeck 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sweet AnathiThe Voice 7:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lovers On Empty CornersSheer Allstars 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. AmasabekwelanggeniMcCoy Mrubata 7:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dee Mwa WeeAndy Narell 8:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. ImbaliBheki Mseleku 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B0001BDAQE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on April 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This wonderful collection of some of Africa's greatest straight ahead jazz players features some very cool tunes covering quite a wide-ranging stylistic soundscape. There's a little Afro-modal Shorter-ish hard bop ("Owed to Bishop"), a bit of McCoy Tyner-styled post bop ("Naivasha"), some great Township jazz ("Celebrate Mzansi"), a dollop of King Sunny Ade juju ("Langery"), Hugh Masekela meets "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" ("Tugela Rail"), Afro-Caribbean ("Dee Mwa Wee"), more Masekela stylings, updated ("Imbali"), and even an Afro-samba ("Shawn's Uhadi Samba")
A wild, untethered joy suffuses these songs, pure blitheness of spirit, with sometimes just a thin vein of sorrow or melancholy sneaking through.
My favorite numbers include "Imbali," by the great pianist Bheki Mseleku (Where's he been hiding out for the past decade, after a handful of fine discs in the early 90s?), music of the very highest standard with some killer sax work by Ezra Ngcukana and the mellow flugel horn of Feya Faku; "Shawn's Uhadi Samba," a simple, mesmeric tune with gorgeous horn harmonies and smart piano vamps by Hotep Idris Galeta; the driving, get-under-your-skin modality of "Owed to Bishop" by trumpeter Marcus Wyatt; and the dancing glee of "Celebrate Mzansi" (I'm a sucker for that Township stuff). But it's all operating on a very high level. And despite the quite amazing diversity of styles, it all hangs together. That's because, I think, it's not like a normal anthology. It's more like selections drawn from a large extended family of music makers, with many of the players popping up on each other's tunes.
Entirely enjoyable and certainly worth picking up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By stache on July 11, 2008
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Caution the item is not in SACD format as listed.
I ordered it because of the format, disappointed when I received the CD.
Musically the CD is great.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Africa Straight Ahead is a uniquely performed and flawlessly recorded music CD anthology showcasing great African jazz, and celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the end of apartheid. Featuring a cross-section of jazz styles, these toe-tapping rhythms blend emotion and sheer energy with pulsing drumbeat of human history. Tracks include Owed To Bishop (5:54), Naivasha (6:55), Celebrate Mzansi (5:32), Beautiful Love (4:42), Langery (4:49), Tugela Rail (5:39), Sweet Anathi (7:18), Lovers On Empty Corners (4:17), Amasabekwelanggeni (7:36), Dee Mwa Wee (8:24), Imbali (5:51), and Shawn's Uhadi Samba (4:01).
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