There was a good deal of fruitful cross talk between Cuban and African music in the past century. The payoff is the current Afro-Cuban sound that's such a prominent world style. This Rough Guide compi

There was a good deal of fruitful cross talk between Cuban and African music in the past century. The payoff is the current Afro-Cuban sound that's such a prominent world style. This Rough Guide compilation offers an authoritative Afro-Cuban sampling, and the sonic variety is bracing. Lazaro Ros' santeria vibe is an elemental music, while Cheikh Lô combines Senegalese mbalax and Cuban rhythms, Manu Dibango fuses makossa with Cuarteto Patria's classic son style, and Dakar's Orchestra Baobob works mbalax and salsa in the Wolof language. The melodic, son-influenced groove of the Gambian group Super Eagles is a gentle sound and a marked contrast to the brass-rich stylings of Guinea's Balla

et ses Balladins, E.T. Mansah's high life music, and the Afro-Cuban All Stars' son-afro dance track "Elube Changó."—PVV