A new 2 CD set will be released in late April by World Music Network on ‘African Blues’ which looks Â excellent.
Africa is considered to be the home of the blues. The connection is particularly evident in the music of Ali Farka TourÃ© and other artists from Mali and Saharan West Africa.
West Africa provides the first few songs on this Rough Guide. Ali Farka TourÃ© himself said that he was â€˜an absolute fool for the guitarâ€™ in the 1970s when â€˜Yer Mali Gakoyoyoâ€™ was recorded for Maliâ€™s national radio station, while â€˜Dani Douâ€™ by his acolyte Samba TourÃ© hints at the loping gait of a camel-train.
Tamikrest and Bombino represent further variations of the blues of the Sahara.
Senegalese artists Nuru Kane and Amadou Diagne are joined by musicians from their adopted communities in France and the UK and itâ€™s English guitarist Ramon Goose who provides the springy electric riff to accompany Modou TourÃ©â€™s vocals in the West African Blues Project.Â Meanwhile, Zambian-born Dominic Kakolobango is joined by American Elijah Wald on the dual finger-picking guitars of â€˜Gueza Tabiyaâ€™ (Change Your Habits) and an international band, includingÂ oudÂ and piano, provides a lush backing for Amira Kheirâ€™s jazzy exploration of her Sudanese heritage.
The complex traditional music of their native Madagascar influences the blues of both Nogabe Randriaharimalala and Lala Njava, while Menelik Wesnatchewâ€™s â€˜Tetezaâ€™ is a beautifully swaying version of â€˜Ethiopiaâ€™s majestic hymn to the bluesâ€™.
Dilon Djindji, from Mozambique, made his first guitar from an oil can when he was twelve years old, 63 years before his first solo album was released. The final track on the album is a unique unaccompanied vocal piece by La Reunionâ€™s greatestÂ maloyaÂ artist, DanyÃ¨l Waro.
The second CD will feature a bonus album by Alhousseini Anivolla.Â Definitely worth checking out!