Hotel Rwanda: Music From the Film

Mixing original and traditional songs drawn from R&B, pop and world music, this album aurally paints the action in the lauded film "Hotel Rwanda," a true story based on hotel manager Paul Rusesaba

Mixing original and traditional songs drawn from R&B, pop and world music, this album aurally paints the action in the lauded film "Hotel Rwanda," a true story based on hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina's rescue efforts during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. An impressive lineup—including Wyclef Jean, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Deborah Cox and Uganda's Bernard Kabanda—helps tell an inspirational story that embodies myriad emotions. The urgent drum beats on opener "Mama Ararira" by the Afro-fusion Afro Celt Sound System set the scene, further underscored by Jean's moving "Million Voices," Cox's plaintive plea on "Nobody Cares," Tilly Key's heartfelt "Ne Me Laisse Pas Seule Ici" and Andrea Guerra's hopeful "Children Found." The true testament of an engaging soundtrack is its ability to underscore a film's action yet remain compelling on its own merits. This album does just that.—GM