Various Artists

Globestyle Worldwide: Your Guide

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A decent compilation of works from their earlier 17 albums, Globestyle Records put out this compilation in 1988. Musical offerings here include everything from the well known to the obscure. Ofra Haza appears here, as do Dissidenten and Kanda Bongo Man. Other more locally well-known stars also appear, such as Madagascar's famous Rossy and Sudan's Abdel Aziz el Mubarak. Finally, there's a decent dose of various Latin fare, still in authentic form prior to the more current "Latin wave." Overall, it's not a bad album. The artists and styles represented are mostly top notch, the reach of the album is quite far (even has some Algerian Kabyle music!), and the individual songs are all pretty well enjoyable in their own right. If it can be found, this album might not be a bad listen for newcomer fans of world music as a sampler of styles, though as with all samplers, the variation of styles from zouk to soukous can almost be too much for the average listener.

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