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World Widest Your Guidest

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The third of Globe Style's international compilation series, World Widest Your Guidest fans out from several African countries to also take in tracks from Columbia, Peru, India, Okinawa, Bosnia, and Indonesia. Kenya gets a good share of the spotlight, with selections from both the traditional Luo group Kapere Jazz Band and one of the country's biggest taarab singers, Zuhura Swaleh (the distinctly Arabic feel of Swaleh's singing is hypnotically punctuated by liberal doses of organ and taishokoto, a Japanese banjo hybrid). Throughout, the mix bobs back and forth between folk and pop forms, with many songs featuring a blend of both. In addition to more benga dance grooves from Kenya (Victoria Kings), a DJ mix of a Nigerian Yoruba song (Chief Dr. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister), and the multi-tracked timbila xylophones of Mozambique's Chopi people (Eduardo Durao), the compilation features polka-skiffle from Bosnia, Okinawan rock & roll, and a taste of pre-Spanish folk from Peru. A sure bet for those seeking a solid world music sampler.

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