13 August 2005

Women CARE (CD Review)


VARIOUS ARTISTS: WOMEN CARE (KKV)
Norway meets Africa in this feel-good compilation of music by women, for women, in the name of CARE Norway. Four women from the north (Norwegians Unni Wilhelmsen, Lynni Treekrem, Simone, Anneli Drecker) meet four women from the south (Africans Talike, Tigist Bekele, Chiwonoso, and Marie Daulne) and make sweet, empowering music together. Some of the lyrics (at least the English ones) may be a tad sappy, but they're sincere. And several tracks -- particularly the ones featuring Zap Mama's Daulne -- are real winners. The magical glue of Anania Ngoriga's kalimba holds together some of the less charismatic songs. While not as emotionally engaging as KKV's earlier Lullabies from the Axis of Evil, Women CARE is good music for a good cause.

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