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African Travels: A Six Degrees Collection

  • 1. Diarabi - Issa Bagayogo
    2. MAW Expensive - Masters at Work
    3. Sidudla - Mabi Thobejane (Gus Gus remix)
    4. Waking the Spirits - Bob Holroyd (African Travels Re-awakening mix)
    5. Sutukung - Organic Grooves/Muhamadou Salieu Suso
    6. Noumou Foly - Neba Solo (Frederic Galliano mix)
    7. Freetown - Future Loop Foundation
    8. In the Sun - Beat Pharmacy
    9. Dan Gna - Les Go (Joe Clausell mix)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1050

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert Duskis (Compilation)

    Includes liner notes by Richard Henderson.
    Fresh on the heels of last year's excellent Frikyiwa compilations, the latest installment of the Six Degrees label's Travel Series takes a similar approach, taking the ancient musical traditions of the Mother Continent and updating its infectious sounds for the 21st century. In some cases, like Mali's Issa Bagayogo's dub-influenced "Diarabi," the original tracks are merely updated, subtly remixed with a glossier sheen and some trippy effects to give them a more modern appeal. In others, like Future Loop Foundation's "Freetown," the traditional elements serve as a launchpad for a unique track that draws the line connecting Nigerian Afrobeat and deep house music. But the best cut is Masters at Work's "MAW Expensive," which finds legendary DJ/producer team "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez paying tribute to Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti by updating one of his hottest anti-authority anthems, "Expensive Shit." Three decades after Bob Marley introduced the theme of a global village, albums like this show that, musically at least, this really is "One World," after all. ~ Bret Love

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