Various Artists

Music and Rhythm

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Kipling was wrong, because the twain between East and West -- as well as black and white -- meet here. Subtitled A Benefit Double LP for a World of Music Arts and Dance, this Peter Gabriel-inspired project raised money to hold a WOMAD festival in England in 1982. Besides the festival's noble if weighty aim "to focus wider U.K. public attention upon the traditional and contemporary arts of non-Western cultures," there's some great music here, from 15 countries on four continents. Gabriel contributes "Across the River," an eerie seven-minute Eastern-flavored ride that builds like "Bolero," although the payoff doesn't measure up. This version kills the one on Gabriel's Secret World Live. Other white musicians who stand out here are Pete Townshend with another two-thirds of the Who, David Byrne, The Beat and XTC. The Drums of Burundi and other African music on this album illustrate that jazz, blues and rock would not have happened without North America's black imports. "Himalaya" by Shankar and Bill Lovelady and the ululations of "Persian Love" by Holger Czukay paint even more broadly on the world's musical canvas.