Various Artists

The Best of Today's African Folk Music, Vol. 2

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Another klutzy tourist-shop title hides another fine recording of fresh, punchy music unadulterated by crossover dreams. There's lots of joyously driving accordion/guitar here, and tight organ-driven mbaqanga, and some surging iscathamiya, most of it Zulu but including some groups rarely heard on record, such as the Pondo. In an era with a a real dirth of new South African releases, this is a down-home treat.

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