African Groove

In recent years, African musicians have been particularly innovative in using techno and electronica to expand the sonic dimension of their various traditional musics, as well as creating music that i

In recent years, African musicians have been particularly innovative in using techno and electronica to expand the sonic dimension of their various traditional musics, as well as creating music that is as new as anything being composed in Europe or the U.S. This outstanding Putumayo collection presents 11 African artists (and the non-African Thievery Corporation) whose work draws on hip-hop, electronica, traditional music, Afrobeat, and techno to create grooves that inspire an international audience while remaining essentially African. The tracks sport a wide range of stylistic approaches. The heavily processed vibe of Hardstone's "Uhiki (Pinye's Remix)" (Kenya) is in sharp contrast to the more organic feel of Issa Bagayogo's "Saye Mogo Bana" (Mali). The hardcore techno/ funk of Thievery Corporation's "The Lagos Communiqué" references Fela Kuti, while South Africa's African Rhythm Travellers' "Khululuma" clearly incorporates traditional South African choral elements.—PVV