CD REVIEW! Various - African Chants

This is truly a collection of African gems. It's an emotionally, rewarding, innovative and technically impressive release. The album presents a diverse range of vocal gems, from international hits to traditional hymns, spiced with exciting new compositions. It's unexpected and unique, and brings together pop, rock, classical, gospel, choral and African music in a collection that far exceeds a mere compilation of covers. A rock or pop song becomes memorable when it tells a story which is passionate and to the point. This makes reinterpreting, rather than just covering well-loved classics, a high stakes gamble. In this collection boldness pays off handsomely, and African Chants brings together many powerful expressions of music to create a unique eclectic sound, which manages to be both surprising yet comfortably familiar.