Takadja means "to vibrate while dancing." It is also the name of an ensemble formed in Montreal in 1989. Music From Africa, their debut CD, is a 1995 release. (It was originally a self-titled album.) Steve Roach produced the CD. He exercised great restraint with a "less is more" approach. These tribal efforts are right in line with his electro-tribal ambience. This, however, is genuine worldbeat music. There is no fusion, there are no contemporary riffs or instruments -- these six gifted musicians perform on acoustic ethnic and traditional instruments. The music is lively and energetic. There is no need for focused listening, the music is infectious. This CD will appeal to fans of Baka Beyond and the Afro-Celt Sound System.
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AllMusic Review by Jim Brenholts