Various Artists

African Heartbeat: The Essential African Music Collection

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AllMusic Review by Tim Sheridan

This box set gathers four outstanding compilations to make what can be truly called "the essential African music collection." Covering dance, women's vocals, singer/songwriters and the contemplative soul of Africa, these four discs showcase recordings from all corners of a musically fertile continent. There is music here for every mood, and if you don't have a mood, it will surely put you in a decent frame of mind. Be aware that these discs have been released separately as African Ambience, African Tranquility, African Troubadours, and Holding Up Half the Sky.

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