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African Reggae

Putumayo PresentsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B001IOMWJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magno Mako - Ismeal Isaac
2. Vision - Mo'Kalamity & The Wizards
3. Congo Natty - Bingui Jaa Jammy
4. Jabulani - Zoro
5. Krebo Cheo - Nino Galissa
6. Bo Ten Qu'Luta' - One Love Family
7. Steppin; Into Zion - Kwame Bediako
8. On Veut Se Marier - Ba Cissoko with Tiken Jah Fakoly
9. Jah Libile - Serges Kassy
10. Man of Sorrow - Majek Fashek

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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Putumayo's CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity - a rarity in today's artist-based music industry.

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African Reggae is, in part, an homage to Bob Marley's powerful impact on African music, as February 6th will mark his 64th birthday. African Reggae features selections by outstanding African musicians who have built upon Jamaica's "golden age of reggae" in the 1960s and 1970s by weaving together traditional and modern sounds into a vibrant musical fabric. When reggae evolved from ska after Jamaica's independence in 1963, it quickly dropped its seeds in Africa, the true land of its origin. Pioneering Jamaican artists Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff were African favorites in the 1960s, followed in the next decade by Bob Marley, whose songs of African unity and liberation and concerts in Africa inspired all of the artists on this CD. African Reggae vividly illustrates how African artists have kept the spirit of roots reggae alive from Cape Town to Cape Verde. This collection includes tracks ranging from the hit "Magno Mako" by Ivoirian Ismael Isaac to the melting pot brew of Burkina Faso's Bingui Jaa Jammy and from the Rastafarian-influenced sounds of Ghana's Kwame Bediako to the mystical kora-laced incantations of Guinea Bissau's Nino Galissa. A portion of the proceeds from African Reggae will be donated to HOPEHIV in support of their efforts to strengthen the capacity of African children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Since it began in April 1993, Putumayo World Music has contributed more than $1 million to an array of international charities working in areas where the music on its CDs originates.

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4.0 out of 5 stars International riddims January 28, 2009
Format:Audio CD
"Putumayo Presents: African Reggae"
(Putumayo Records, 2009)
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This is a strong set of modern reggae tunes from various Africa countries, including Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, South Africa and several artists each from the Cape Verde Islands and Ivory Coast. The appeal of reggae music, which is a product of the African diaspora, to African artists is readily apparent -- it shares a musical heritage with Africa's past, along with a politically conscious world view in the present. Most of the artists here are unknown to me (which I usually find appealing) and several are pleasant surprises. There are some pretty cool songs on here, particularly those sung in local languages... indeed, hearing reggae sung in different languages does a lot to help a jaded old-timer like me to hear the music with new ears, and get into the music again. Another strong set on Putumayo -- definitely worth checking out! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Reggae April 26, 2009
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"African Reggae" is Putumayo's journey through the Jamaican music's African roots. Rastafarianism, which brought forth reggae, came from a syncretic Ethiopian/Christian reverence for Haile Selassie. Reggae often has socially conscious lyrics,and this collection is no exception. It's delightful, rootsy,and one of Putumayo's best African compilations.

"African Reggae" opens with Cote D'Ivoire's dynamic Ishmael Isaac singing "Magno Mako" (Pity). Ishmael Isaac suffered from polio at a young age, yet it hasn't stopped his music. Burkina Faso's Bingui Jaa Jammy honors Africa in song. South African singer Zoro sings about being jubilant despite suffering. He sings from experience. He was shot by a cop and was paralyzed from the waist down. Amazingly, he recovered. One Love Family from Cape Verde sings about uniting to combat humanity's ills. Kwame Bediako's "Steppin' into Zion" is another song about triumph over adversity. Guinea's Ba Cissoko sings a rootsy love song. Serges Kassy, from Cote d'Ivoire, sings about racial unity.

"African Reggae" is socially conscious and delightful! Feel the righteous rootsy riddims!
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5.0 out of 5 stars righteous reggae March 23, 2009
By J. Dito
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this cd for my grandson's bday, but had to open it up first and listen to the entire cd. it's great, each track has its own beat and sound, just makes you want to get up and dance. you won't be disappointed.
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