Boomkat Product Review:
A particularly excellent primer of '70s and '80s golden age African pop music, this compilation on the Stern's label features both contributions from well established talent as well as unveiling one or two more obscure tracks that might otherwise be buried somewhere in the annals of history. Yousou N'Dour's first band, Etoile De Dakar, are given an airing, offering a comparison with his later solo work - which is represented here with 'Njaajan Njaay' recorded some years later, and benefiting - or perhaps more accurately, suffering - from a higher budget production complete with the kind of easy listening '80s tendencies that colour so much African pop from this era, usually denoted by excessively polished and effects-laden electric guitars. Similarly, Omar Pene's 'Chromeur' is a little too slick for its own good, but again, that's down to the production rather than the music itself, which retains its integrity. The older and more obscure recordings by lower-profile artists are the real reason for genre aficionados to be interested in this compilation, which are certainly worth the asking price. Essential purchase.