Various Artists - Yes We Can: Songs About Leaving Africa
(Out Here Records)
Pulsing beats from hip hop to dance make up this stirring collection, telling contemporary stories of today’s Africa.
Most compilations are an easy forage through label back-catalogues. All salutations to Rose Skelton then, whose intrepid journalism in West Africa has inspired her to search out stunning songs that map the omnipresent dreams and realities of Africans that lead them to risk life crossing the Sahara or journey in makeshift craft across the Atlantic to enter fortress Europe. The music buzzes with the creativity of musicians from Ghana to Nigeria, Senegal to Somalia. A cornucopia; this makes my 2010 best album list.