Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Best of 2010 Part 6

Are you looking for that last minute Christmas gift for a music fan? Or maybe you are getting ready for a Boxing Day sale to get something for yourself. Well, today's pick for Best of 2010 may just be the one to get. With the Starbucks push behind the "Buena Vista Social Club" it is easy to write it off. But if you go back and listen to that disc you will be thrilled by how great it is. Today's choice is a little or maybe a lot of what the Buena Vista Social Club was meant to be. Produced Nick Gold had intended for the amazing Cubans and Ry Cooder to be joined by two Malian master musicians: Bassekou Kouyate and Djelimady Tounkara. Unfortunately they were not able to get visas to visit Cuba and the recording progressed without them. Now 16 years later a terrific Cuban cast including Eliades Ochoa is joined by Mali's, Toumani Diabate and Lassana Diabate as well as Kouyate and Tounkara. The result is a mix of Cuban and African music that is as good as any hybrid before them. There is no way you can listen to this and not smile and nod your head. This music connects to the happy place inside of all of us.

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