Cafe Mundo: An Electro World Experience

Cafe Mundo: An Electro World Experience


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"An Electro World Experience, as this album is subtitled, can mean virtually anything, from chillout to funk, electronica to world, and the compilers take the definition liberally. There's definitely plenty of world music, running the gamut from the chilled (Hamid Baroudi with the endearing "Trance Dance" in a remix) to the decidedly funky (pulling out the old Manu Dibango chestnut "Soul Makossa"). The emphasis seems to be on the continent of Africa, but it does drift further afield, taking in Latin sounds with Bajofondo Tango Club and even the Asian steppes with an interesting Huun-Huur-Tu remix. But it dives outside world music at the close, into the easy electronica of Isolée and "Beau Mot Plage," which manages to seem oddly out of place. It's all pleasant enough listening, with little to stretch the ear or drastically open the mind, music for the background rather than intense listening. And if that's the aim, then it succeeds (and with a name like Cafe Mundo, you have to assume it wasn't meant as a major listening experience). But strip it to the core and it's just another compilation with a few interesting tracks and a fair amount of filler.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/27/2004
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728360524
catalogNumber: 3605
Rank: 106945

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Salif Keita   Composer,Remixing
Bachir Attar   Composer
Manu Dibango   Composer
Masters at Work   Remixing
Talvin Singh   Composer,Remixing
Femi Kuti   Composer
Laurent Pernice   Arranger
Hamid Baroudi   Composer
Zebda   Composer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Mamani Keita   Composer
Rajko Müller   Composer
Amadou Bagayoko   Composer
Magyd Cherfi   Composer
Mariam Doumbia   Composer
Michy   Composer
Brad Somatik   Composer,Remixing
Naab   Composer
Anu Pullai   Remixing
Laurent Balandras   Project Concept
Maxine Claeyes   Project Concept

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