The Bottom Line
- A nice Pan-African selection of artists and styles.
- Tied together with soft, elegant compositions and performances.
- Like most Putumayo compilations, the CD is rather short (only 45 minutes long).
- A perfect CD for introducing Classical music fans to African music.
- A quiet, delicate and wistful listening experience.
- The excellent liner notes are highly informative and add a lot.
Guide Review - Putumayo Presents Acoustic Africa
While the tracks from Kidjo, Koite and Mendes are absolutely lovely, the real standout songs on Acoustic Africa were from musicians who I was not previously familiar with. The opening song, "Sore" from Senegal's Diogal is so alluring that I had a hard time moving on to the next song. Other standout tracks include Vusi Mahlasela's "Basimanyana", with its almost Bach-esque melody and Manecas Costa's heartbreaking ballad "Antonia".
September 5, 2006