I perceive Africa Speaks as instrumental in developing a greater understanding of African rhythmic genres and their core influence on world music. Many of the major record labels are looking to Africa as being the future of music talent and direction. They are investing talent acquisition and artist development strongly there.
Africa Speaks will create a greater awareness of the role of African music in Western culture. Carlos and Rick Rubin serve as African music ambassadors through their synergy. This will be beneficial in the joining of two continental spheres of sound and culture.
The ethnomusicologist in me is enjoying the further exploration of afro-beat and calypso origins in the two original songs on the RSD release. Coupling these tracks with Los Invisibles and you uncover a further relationship with Africa "call and response" from Savannah syncopation.
Return to Santana's first album with the classic African tribal sound of Jingo which was based on Babatunde Olanaatunji Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (Drums of Passion)comprehend how full circle Africa Speaks instantiates itself in Santana's legacy.
The fact that 49 songs were recorded in 10 days speaks to how essential Santana's sound is directly communicated and expanded upon.
We've waited patiently for a more Santana band origin recording. Let's learn what the total package is on June 7th before we judge the next release in unfair comparison or with prejudice.
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