Spirit of Africa
Various Artists, 2001
Real World Records, in conjunction with the Mercury Phoenix Trust, are proud to announce the release of "Spirit of Africa" (through Real World) on 15th October 2001.
"Spirit of Africa" is an AIDS initiative from the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the AIDS charity established by the remaining members of Queen and their manager Jim Beach in the wake of the death of Freddie Mercury. Since 1992 the Trust has been responsible for donating more than £7 million in the fight against the AIDS crisis to over 100 different charities around the world. Together with this album, the project is intended to focus global attention on the regions of the developing world where the needs for AIDS awareness and education is greatest.
- Intensity is the bond that makes Spirit of Africa a real album... ...the compilers chose strong, inspiring (and, yes, educational) material. Experiencing the worldview of Spirit of Africa feels necessary, now more than ever. News & Observer (USA)
- 'Traditional styles, modern fusion, pounding drumbeats, and poignant lyrics present an array of sounds... ...this music of Africa may lift spirits, as well as help in the fight to end this epidemic. Napra Review (USA)
- Musical selections...as diverse as the continent. Dirty Linen (USA)
- Tams 'Sima' 'With Spirit of Africa, Real World continues its longstanding commitment to releasing the passionate, pentup muiscal soul of the region. Tama's interpretation of "Sima" allows listeners in other times and places to reexperience these inimitable sensations of a deeply-nuanced region of the globe.' Rhythm (USA)
- ...such obvious love, for this cause makes it a must...' 'The CD would be a formidable-and, ironically, uplifting-introduction to the irrsistible, irrepressible music of Africa under any circumstances. That it was complied and released, with such obvious love, for this cause makes it a must...' New Times (USA)
- A true gem! This recording is a power house for the cause and for the amazing line up of this release. A true gem! Www.rhythmicfusion.com (Magazine Country)
- 'The album brings together 14 of Africa's greatest artists...The album brings together 14 of Africa's greatest artists... ...a strong showcase for the resilience, talent and pure joy of African music.' Music Week (UK)
- ...an indescribably moving performance by Uganda's Taso Choir, all of whom are sufferers. '...an indescribably moving performance by Uganda's Taso Choir, all of whom are sufferers.' The Times (UK)
- '...its uplifting and has something for everyone.' Enty4-seve (UK)
- 'The outcome is a stunning album covering the spectrum of this vibrant music.' Hmv Choice (UK)