Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa

The latest in a series of albums remixing A-list pop with regional styles (see Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba), this has a Mali-centric house band, and the effect is sweetly disorienting: Chris Martin's "Viva La Vida" vocals meet galloping drums; Mumford & Sons play their English chorales against a South African equivalent. It doesn't always click. But it's a righteous and illuminating culture clash. 

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From The Archives Issue 1170: November 22, 2012