Friday, March 29, 2013

CD Review: Nuru Kane's 'Exile'

Nuru Kane
World Music Network

Hailing from Senegal, Nuru Kane is a splendid musician of the Moroccan guimbri, guitar, kora, and calabash. Nuru's deep voice resonates the message of hope, love, and life throughout the eleven tracks. The music is upbeat and similar in style to other Senegal roots musicians. There are Afro-funk elements, but the majority of music is steeped in contemporary roots genres. Afro-pop listeners will hear some of the pop inflections, but most of the songs are not clearly linear and harmonically-cohesive. Instead, there are classical, percussive, and hypnotic with some trance-inducing qualities. There are hints of Latin, reggae, folk, and blues music that are undeniable. Fans of Cheikh Lo will be pleased with Nuru Kane. Despite the rather short running length of forty-three-minutes, Exile features enough musical variety to keep African music fans quite happy. ~ Matthew Forss 

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