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Album: Yes We Can
# Song Title   Time
1)    Money Talk - Rapturous
2)    Unit? - Daara J Family
3)    15 Minutes Away - K'NAAN
4)    Green Passport - Modenine - (featuring Sage Hasson)
5)    Xippil Xol - Matador - (featuring Gor Mak)
6)    Green Card - Wanlov - (featuring Saba Saba/Babaluku/Babaluka)
7)    Oh Narina - Ize - (featuring Omrane)
8)    Paris Canaille...Paris Racaille - Rouda
9)    Lidl - Afrikan Boy
10)    Immigration Clandestine - V.A. Capsi Revolution
11)    Hustle Jacket - Boobah Siddik - (featuring Muntu Valdo)
12)    Bigodra [Bongo Disco Edit] - DJ Roch - (featuring DJ Soprano/Kedjevara)
13)    Sunugaal - Didier Awadi - (featuring Kirikou)
14)    Bla Bla Bla - Air Afrique - (featuring Zeegee/Martin Pecheur)
15)    Time to Heal - Zubz
 

Album: Yes We Can
# Song Title   Time
1)    Money Talk - Rapturous
2)    Unit? - Daara J Family
3)    15 Minutes Away - K'NAAN
4)    Green Passport - Modenine - (featuring Sage Hasson)
5)    Xippil Xol - Matador - (featuring Gor Mak)
6)    Green Card - Wanlov - (featuring Saba Saba/Babaluku/Babaluka)
7)    Oh Narina - Ize - (featuring Omrane)
8)    Paris Canaille...Paris Racaille - Rouda
9)    Lidl - Afrikan Boy
10)    Immigration Clandestine - V.A. Capsi Revolution
11)    Hustle Jacket - Boobah Siddik - (featuring Muntu Valdo)
12)    Bigodra [Bongo Disco Edit] - DJ Roch - (featuring DJ Soprano/Kedjevara)
13)    Sunugaal - Didier Awadi - (featuring Kirikou)
14)    Bla Bla Bla - Air Afrique - (featuring Zeegee/Martin Pecheur)
15)    Time to Heal - Zubz
 
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  • Editor: Jay Rutledge.
  • Photographers: Armin Smailovic; Anna L?ttgering; Ira Hartmann; Rose Skelton.
  • This album is summed up nicely by its title. It's a compilation of tracks by contemporary African artists, all of which address the diaspora/immigrant experience through their lyrics. It's not an album of laments over slavery; it's entirely modern, heavily weighted toward hip-hop and showcasing performances in a variety of languages from a wide range of countries. Some tracks deal with quotidian realities of the immigrant experience, like wiring money home ("Unit? 75" by Senegalese hip-hop group Daara J, "15 Minutes Away" by Somali-Canadian rapper K'NAAN), while Rapturous' album-opening "Money Talk" is a howl of pure materialism, talking about coming to the West to make a dollar. Still other tracks address the bias against African travelers from customs and immigration authorities (Modenine's "Green Passport"), or the larger political issues (Wanlov's "Green Card," in which the narrator wins the titular document by marrying a wealthy older woman from Texas, or V.A. Capsi Revolution's more serious "Immigration Clandestine"). Out of the 15 songs on this disc, 12 are previously unreleased, making it a crucial document for fans of African hip-hop, regardless of one's level of interest in the subject matter. ~ Phil Freeman
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "This terrific compilations of 21st-century immigrant songs features contemporary artist from all over Africa and the African diaspora..."
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