Randy’s Reviews – Randy’s Record Reviews: Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey

 

Randy’s Reviews – Randy’s Record Reviews: Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey (Randyjw; October 22, 2016)

 

Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey. (p) and © 2001 Putumayo World Music: 411 Lafayette, 4th Fl., New York, New York 10003 ph: (212) 625-1400; (www.putumayo.com). Barcode Reader: 790248019123; ISBN: 1587590476.

 

Another compilation disc of African music from around the region presented on an acoustic level with profundity and sophistication.

 

1. Manecas Costa – Fundu Di Matu  – Guinea-Bissau (5:30)

Portuguese-influenced song.

 

*2. Seydu – The Well – Sierra Leone (4:22)

Interesting; hard to peg; really nice. Soft, rambling xylophone and percussion, in a ’70’s, jazzy-ish style with scary punches of accent on the highs.

 

3. Les Go – Sou – Ivory Coast (3:12)

Plucky and monochromatic. Complex arrangements of overlaid vocals to simple music in offbeat rhythm.

 

*4. Oliver Mtukudzi – Raki – Zimbabwe (7:05)

Slow-moving reggae-ish sound. I like it; it grows on you, throughout, ’til you’re slo-mo bopping.

 

5. Augusto Cego – Mar – Cape Verde (5:15)

Ocean tide and Portuguese guitar in a ballad style.

 

*6. Bidinte – Kecu Minino Na Tchora – Guinea-Bissau (3:14)

I love this happy, little song with its bluesy start and scale-runs and “Junior” -like backup.

 

*7. Aura Msimang – Kulala – South Africa (4:34)

This is a really neat one with multiple influences presented in such a cool-sounding mix.

 

8. Adama Yalomba – Miri Yoro – Mali (8:24)

Steely strings and wah-wah synth combined with a low voice makes for some really weird and great stuff.

 

9. Doctor King’esi – Nipelaki Kwa Baba – Kenya (2:54)

Reminds me of some old, Israeli music.

 

10. Habib Koite’ – Sinama Denw – Mali (3:25)

Interesting notes put together in a unique minor-major way (puns always intended).

 

Starred standouts on this album include tracks: 2, 4, 6 and 7.

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