Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CD Review: Uganda's Rachel Magoola

Rachel Magoola
R. Magoola & MHK

The Afro-pop renderings of Ugandan, Rachel Magoola, brings a fresh perspective on the popular music scene. After her involvement with the Afrigo Band from 1989-2001, she embarked on a solo career. Eisadha is a lively mix of soukous and tropical rhythms inherent in the folk music of the region. Vocally, she is reminiscent of Benin's Angelique Kidjo, or the late-South African singer, Miriam Makeba. The classic melodies, instrumentation, and catchy tunes of good Afro-pop music is what Rachel does best. One of these highlights can easily be found on Track 4 "Endagaano". If you love African music and supporting independent musicians, then Eisadha should be high on your list. A fun, infectious delight best enjoyed with your favorite drink and a pair of stylish shades! ~ Matthew Forss

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