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From Dublin To Dakar by Various Artists

The theme here is cross-pollination and the pistil (ha ha) is Celtic music. Of course, that takes in a lot: traditional music from up in Ireland through parts of France and on to North Africa (the Moors and whatnot). I’ll leave the history lesson to your local library, and relate the lowdown on this nifty compilation, From Dublin To Dakar.

Performers from most all-‘round the globe engage in some swell culture "miscegenation," and the scary part is how NATURAL and artless most of it sounds. French Celtic harpist Alan Stivell and Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour collaborate on the shimmering, optimistic "A United Earth," and Baka Beyond combine Irish, Spanish and Gypsy/Rom folk melodies with buoyant West African rhythms with the contemplative, minor-key "Soiridh Leis." Algeria’s Cheb Mami shows the rhythmic common ground shared by North Africa, Ireland and Scotland (to say nothing of the bagpipes, which can sound similar to the reeds played by The Master Musicians Of Jojouka).

Needless to say, this is not a set o’ tunes for the purist or the ethno-cultural snob, but for the eclectic-minded culture vulture most of the music contained herein is a balm for these stressful, divisive times, and a tribute to the Music Of Possibility.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Various Artists
  • CD Title: From Dublin To Dakar
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Putumayo
  • Rating: Four Stars
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