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Hotel Rwanda Soundtrack

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"Million Voices," a Golden Globe-nominated original song performed by Wyclef Jean (Fugees frontman) plus two new songs produced by legendary writer-producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis propel the powerful, moving soundtrack for the critically-acclaimed film HOTEL RWANDA, starring Don Cheadle and Nick Nolte.

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The true-life account of Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) and his courageous efforts to shield a thousand refugees from the genocide that swept his country in 1994 features a soundtrack that evokes both a range of rich African musical traditions and the horror of ancient tribal tensions pushed to a murderous breaking point. Afro Celt Sound System's "Mama Ararira" medley sets the tense, haunting dramatic tone, while a pair of contributions from group vocalist Dorothea Munyaneza underscore the innocent humanity at the heart of the tragedy. Elsewhere, South Africa's Yvonne Chaka Chaka offers up a lively homage to African beer, while the solo voice and guitar of Uganda's Bernard Kabanda detail a "Voyage to Europe." Offering a tasteful bridge to Western tastes is the rich, Golden Globe-nominated ballad "Million Voices" by the Fugees' Wyclef Jean as well as strong contributions from megastar writer/producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Debroah Cox's lament "Nobody Cares," the wistful "Ne Me Laisse Pas Seule Ici" ["Don't Leave Me Here By Myself"]). Equally disparate, the film's underscore cements it all into a compelling whole via the dark electro-atmospherics of Rupert Gregson-Williams and Andrea Guerra's melancholia-charged orchestral cues. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: February 4, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Commotion
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • ASIN: B0006SST9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I (finally) saw the powerfully touching movie "Hotel Rwanda'" some months ago and was deeply affected by the true story depicted there.

Also moving was the accompanying music, particularly the music playing when a stream of refugees, including some nuns and orphans, raced into the hotel, as well as the song playing over the closing credits.

That convinced me to get the CD and after months of hunting, I finally got it this week.

It's actually filled with a diverse array of musical styles; from Rupert Gregson-Williams' two electronic instrumentals (with strings, slashing rock guitar over electro beats), orchestral pieces (the melancholic but beautiful "Finale"), and soulful dirges ("Nobody cares" by Deborah Cox, "Ne Me Laisse Pas Seule Ici (Don't Leave Me Here by Myself)" by Tilly Key, both lush, string swathed beauties).

The highlights are definitely the African songs; The catchy, upbeat South African bounce of "Umqombothi (African Beer)" by Yvonne Chaka Chaka (which was a massive radio hit in parts of Africa, up to West Africa in the late 80s), the two pieces by Afro Celt System, the haunting "Children found" by Andrea Guerra (with a children's chorus singing "Ni ryari izuba, Rizagaruka, Hejuru yacu, uzaricyeza translated "When will the sun return above us? Who will reveal it once again to us?"), and the acoustic (with minimal percussion) "Olugendo Lw'e Bulaya (The Journey to Europe)" by Bernard Kabanda, with rythmic guitar similar to what obtains in African Highlife music, or even Afro Cuban (acts like Orchestra Baobab or Buena Vista Social Club).
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The song Children Found is so enchanting. It's the main reason I wanted the soundtrack. The movie itself is phenomenal!
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I listen to this CD often, and I absolutely love it. It is so inspirational, beautiful, touching and emotional. I highly recommend the soundtrack as well as the movie. The quality of the musical compositions is outstanding.
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By Anijsje on March 15, 2005
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i heard "million voices" at the end of the movie and it touched my heart. luv it.
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This is simply one of the best. I like that it plays the whole tracks without skipping, like brand new. I love it!!. There is nothing negative about this cd. Thank you so much...
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loved the movie... and listening to the soundtrack takes you right there back to the action.. i highly recommend this to anyone.
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I loved the movie, and I love the soundtrack. It's very deep and beautiful, it also reminds me of the scenes from the movie ;)
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By J. Romero on September 18, 2005
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No one can grasp the events that devastated Rwanda, but this music brings the hope amidst the horror to the listener. Of course, the African Children's Choir is reason enough to listen to this cd daily!!
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