Thursday, August 4, 2011

CD Review: Various Artists - 'Audio Refuge Compilation'

Various Artists

Audio Refuge Compilation

San Francisco-based, Stronghold Sound, releases their latest production of funky, African, and Arabic folk, reggae, dub, hip-hop and cumbia music. The compilation features sixteen tracks and several different musicians from Guinea, Morocco, and Trinidad. The contemporary musical arrangements and killer vocals represent a good variety of styles, sounds, and talents on every track. Some of the musicians include Bongo, Yassir Chadly, Beat Fola, Bondi Blaster, Snakkr, Iggy Mon, Tami, among others. Numerous styles, including gnawa, soul, dub, trance, psychedelica, dance, and folk music round out the list of the most prevalent influences. The diverse rhythms and languages provide a truly global experience on many of the tracks. If you are seeking contemporary Afro-beat music with some pop and folk leanings, then the Audio Refuge Compilation is a must-have. ~ Matthew Forss

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