The Rough Guide to African guitar legends

The Rough Guide to African guitar legends

Music CD - 2011
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From Congolese rumba's intricate guitar lines to Mali's evocative blues, in Africa the guitar is king. Discover the greatest riffs that many have never heard and find out why these groundbreaking players are heroes in their own land (disc 1).
Franco was Africa's unrivalled guitar legend, whose music changed the sound of a continent. 20 years after Franco's death, Congolese guitar maestro Syran Mbenza brings together a host of stars to celebrate his incredible musical legacy (disc 2).
Publisher: [London] : World Music Network, p2011
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (129 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Immortal Franco


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Dec 15, 2016

There is not a single awful or even awkward sounding song on this collection; all the songs are quite musically interesting, catchy and upbeat (this applies equally to the bonus disc); the whole was very enjoyable.

sit_walk May 24, 2011

How can one argue with a collection that showcases the music of such African guitar luminaries as King Sunny Adé, Ali Farka Touré, Franco, and Syran Mbenza? Well, you can’t really, but I have a few minor quibbles with this collection which aims to teach us why “these ground-breaking players are heroes in their own land”. Two missed opportunities are the pieces selected to demonstrate the guitar mastery of Sunny Adé and Oliver Mtukudzi-- the former is represented by a dub mix that is atypical of that great man’s output while the Mtukudzi piece is just plain boring. I would also argue that any number of stronger pieces could have been chosen to represent Tinariwen but thankfully we have incredible guitar workouts from Djelimady Tounkara (“Fanta Bourama”), Franco (the sadly short “En Entre OK, On Sort KO”), and Eric Agyeman (the infectious “Nea Abe Beto”) to compensate. So. Not the perfect “African guitar legends” compilation by any stretch, but not a bad place to start if you’re new to the dazzling variety of guitar styles that Africa has to offer.


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