Friday, August 03, 2007

Putumayo - World Hits

Kaylor Maddox reviews Putumayo's World Hits compilation.
World music rarely ventures into the realm of international recognition, but occasionally breaks from the narrow path and reaches the eager ears of the world's population. Putumayo's “World Hits” parades those successful songs in a fun, colorful compilation.

One would be surprised by how many of these international hits are recognizable, whether you're a child of the '60s, '70s, '80s, or even the '90s. The compilation starts off with an amusing reggae cover of the Temptations hit "(You Gotta Walk) Don't Look Back," sporting a mellow Mick Jagger in duet with Jamaican musician Peter Tosh. The Afropop group Toure Kunda follows with the melodious hit "E'mma" and suddenly you're sent into a completely foreign world. The rolling vocals and lulling rhythm add to an overall mirthful listen.
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