One of the coolest things about writing about music is that I get music from all over the world from Croatian surf to Afropop from North Carolina. Yes, you read that correctly. Afropop from North Carolina. OK, so the bandleader is originally from Ivory Coast and moved to the United States in 2008. Still, it is an Afropop band that is based in North Carolina.
Whenever I listen to African music, one thing is clear to me. It always sounds happy. I've never heard an African artist that sounds mopey. And the music itself is astounding in that every song sounds like a celebration. Take "Mi Wa" for example. The only words I understand in this song are "Etats Unis", but I don't need to understand the words. The melody is pure joy, and if it doesn't make you smile and dance, you might be as dead inside as a lifelong senator.
Really what else can I say about a CD where I don't understand any of the words? This album is a rich orchestration of African guitar sounds, violin, and absolutely amazing rhythms. Those are all things you'd expect from an album of African music. That and the feeling of pure joy you get when you listen to it. Do yourself a favor. Get this album, and when you put it on, turn off your phone and all the other devices you have. Then just sit back and let the joy of this music fill you. It may help to have someone to dance with. Chances are you're going to want to dance at some point while listening to this.
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