The Rough Guide to World Roots is a concise primer of many different types of world music, including African, Latin American, and Eastern European styles. Some of the biggest names in world music are included in this compilation, including Natacha Atlas, whose "Marifnaash" showcases her North African/Arabian-inspired singing, Senegalese vocalist Baaba Maal, Hungarian vocalist Marta Sebestyen, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and the Afro-Cuban All Stars. Over the course of 14 tracks, The Rough Guide to World Roots delivers what its title promises: a solid grounding in some of the most popular and influential styles of contemporary world music.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares