The Hot List: July 10, 2002
Reviews by Matthew J. Forss
Matthew brings us a gathering of recent releases from Tinder Records:
Ray Lema (Tyour Gnaoua) - Safi: Congolese native Ray Lema, combines Saharan
grooves with sub-Saharan elements that celebrate the Gnaouan music of Morocco.
So Kalmery - Bendera: Born in the former Zaire, So Kalmery uses jazz, blues and
folk music styles in his latest release of African popular music.
Seba - Ewa!: Seba ("Lion" in Arabic) performs traditional and contemporary music from Algeria.
Fania - Sopi: The debut album from Fania, Sopi, showcases her rich and soulful contemporary song
writing talents stemming from the traditions and languages of Senegal.
Barrio Chino - Mediterra Nostra: The contemporary and traditional music of the
Mediterranean region is featured on this exciting musical venture.
Digital Bled - Caravana: Portugese DJ Joao Pedro Veloso combines the rhythms of
North Africa and the Middle East with contemporary trip-hop and electronic grooves.
Henri Dikongue - Mot’a Bobe: A native of Cameroon, Henri blends European and African music
styles into a pleasant contemporary album that showcases his song writing and guitar skills.
Mama Sissoko - Soleil de Minuit: Hailing from Mali, Mama’s musical guitar techniques are
similar to other celebrated Malian guitarists of traditional African blues, including Ali
Takfarinas - Yal: An Algerian native, Takfarinas combines catchy tunes with
traditional rhythms influenced by the Middle East, Southern Europe and North Africa.