Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CD Review: Sia Tolno's 'My Life'

Sia Tolno
My Life

Sia's Guinean and Sierre Leone roots are eloquently conveyed on her latest release, My Life. Sia combines scintillating rhythms and melodies reflecting the musical cultures of West Africa, Latin America, and European folk/rock. There are elements of dance, funk, and jazz throughout. Sia's voice is very reminiscent of Benin's Angelique Kidjo. In the same manner, fans of Angelique's work should like Sia's commanding voice and creative energy. Twelve tracks reflect a good mix of musical rhythms and instruments, including the iconic balafon pervasive throughout West Africa. My Life is an excellent album showcasing Sia's musical and ethnic heritage without resorting to mindless riffs, dull beats, or unimaginative sound structures. In short, Sia is a musical genius that deserves recognition the world over. ~ Matthew Forss

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