"...a righteous and illuminating culture clash." - Rolling Stone
Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa is a really cool concept for people who love to explore musically. – Golden Mixtape Blog
Like storms and tsunamis, great music and good vibrations know no boundaries. – Amoeba Music
A real gem! – LA Music Blog
"It works! (Coldplay's drummed-up Viva la Vida, an intense minimalist twist on Bruno Mars' Grenade) - Entertainment Weekly
‘Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa’ is the brilliant new album from Artists Project Earth, and features high profile western and African musicians collaborating on exclusive African mixes of contemporary hits, such as Not Afraid by Eminem, Timshel by Mumford and Sons, I Need A Dollar by Aloe Blacc, Under the Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
APE's Music Producer and Founder, Kenny Young, travelled to Mali to record the esteemed African musicians, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate, Ali Farka Touré Band, and Rokia Traoré. Sessions also took place in Kenya, South Africa and Swaziland. Members of Miriam Makeba’s band and Senegalese musicians also added their brilliant musicianship to the collaborative tracks.
As with previous albums, funds raised from the sale of Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa will be used to support incredible projects from around the world that are actively finding ways to mitigate climate change and natural disasters. To date, APE has funded over 300 such projects.
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Some recent reviews!
COOL CONCEPT – Golden Mixtape Blog
Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa is a really cool concept. Artists from all walks of life – from Eminem to Mumford & Sons – are featured: not a total takeover of the songs, but a sort of remix. Let’s go with the band that everyone seems to love right now, Mumford & Sons: their folk style becomes a more tribal one with this mix of ‘Timshel.’ For the most part, the new versions don’t sound too different from the original. For the most drastic change, I’d have to point to Eminem’s ‘Not Afraid.’ Slim Shady is kept for the choruses, but the verses are taken over by African band TS1, and done very well. I went in thinking that it was going to be a mess, but actually it proved to be one of the best surprises about Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa. Eminem’s was great, but Bruno Mars took it home with ‘Grenade.’ Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa is for people who love to explore musically. You might not ever listen to an African artist on Pandora or Spotify because you’re not familiar with the artist, but here are some of your Top 40 favourites giving you an excuse to take on something new.
GLOBAL MESSAGE JAMS – Amoeba Music
Great music for a great cause! This non-profit charity series brings American and English rockstar singers into the studio with superb third-world musicians for some serious global message jams. The original spark was 2006's Rhythms del Mundo Cuba, which paired Buena Vista Social Club legends with stadium belters from Bono to Chris Martin and Jack Johnson delightfully spicing up the classics with tropical flavour. That album successfully raised money and awareness for climate disasters from the Indian Ocean tsunami to Hurricane Katrina. The Rhythms series returns with their newest volume, which lets Beyonce, Eminem, Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes jam with African groovers like Toumani Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate, Ali Farka Toure and even members of the late Miriam Makeba's band. The results show that, like storms and tsunamis, great music and good vibrations know no boundaries. Recommended!
A REAL GEM – LA Music Blog
Thanksgiving week is always a light week for album releases, so it forces music discovery junkies such as yours truly to dig a little deeper for albums to share with our readers. And what happens when you dig deep? You find gems and one such gem that I might not have noticed otherwise is this new release from Artists Project Earth. Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa features a wide variety of big name artists (Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Fleet Foxes, etc.) collaborating with African musicians on exclusive African mixes of contemporary hits. The best part? Funds raised from this campaign will support organizations working throughout Africa to mitigate the impacts of climate change and drought. I’m so excited about this release!