Bono gives props to Africa; Africa returns the favor
I was fascinated with this concept album when I first read about it: Twelve artists and musical groups from all parts of Africa gather together to cover U2 songs with traditional African instrumentation, percussion, and even languages. In many cases, the songs are completely restructured into something you can feel rising from the ground up, the beats thumping into your deepest hollows.
In The Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 features artists like Angelique Kidjo (previous post), Les Nubians, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, and an oddly affecting cover of "Love Is Blindness" by Angola's Waldemar Bastos. Mali bluesman Ali Farka Touré's son Vieux contributes a rich cover of "Bullet The Blue Sky" with the spoken bridge segment done in his native language. The songs are really different than how you're used to hearing them. If you love U2 as I do, sometimes it takes a minute to get past the shock. But there's a beautiful spirit and soul shining through this amazing collection.
The album is released tomorrow through the good folks at Shout! Factory, and all proceeds will benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Stream samples of all the songs here.
And you know -- I think that this is how the type of love that Bono originally sings about is supposed to sound; like a well rising, voices joining together.
Pride (In The Name of Love) - Soweto Gospel Choir
NEW CONTEST! One winner will get a copy of In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 just by leaving me a comment with either a good U2 story, a good Africa story, or both. I'll pick a winner and send the booty on its merry way.
PS - I checked, and I ain't got a Monday Music Roundup in me.