Asmara All Stars: Adunia
Release Date: 11 Oct 2010 on Amazon
Asmara All Stars - Adunia by OuthereRecords
Jacked from ThisIsAfrica.me, this track is featured on an album compilation of musicians from Eritrea with a wide range of musical influences from Ethio-jazz to contemporary soul-funk, hip hop, reggae and gwaila ( a very popular Eritrean music form which makes use of drum machines and electric krar). The artists were put together by French producer and music collector, Bruno Blum and the project has gotten mixed reviews: the Financial Times review has described it as ridden with world music cliches that erase the specificity and uniqueness of Eritrean sounds whereas someone called Tim writing for Eritrea Compass described it as a musical showcase of Eritrea's cultural diversity and firmly puts Eritrea on the world music map. Not sure what to make of the whole thing, but the track above is alright wiv me!