The Rough Guide to West African Music

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The Rough Guide to West African Music
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 21 November 1995
Genre World, West African music
Length 70:42
Label World Music Network
Full series chronology
The Rough Guide to World Music
(1994)The Rough Guide to World Music1994
The Rough Guide to West African Music
Global Partnership II
(1995)Global Partnership II1995
Complete list

The Rough Guide to West African Music is a world music compilation album originally released in 1995. The second release of the World Music Network Rough Guides series,[1] it largely focuses on Malian music, with six of the twelve tracks coming from that country. This is followed by Senegal (two tracks), and Guinea, Niger, Ghana, & Mauritania (one track each). The compilation was produced by Phil Stanton, co-founder of the World Music Network.[2]

Chris Nickson of AllMusic gave the album four stars, but lamented the broadness of the topic, stating "the real problem with this album isn't the music, which is glorious throughout, but the fact that it suffers from the size of its ambition and the inability to fully realize it."[3] Michaelangelo Matos, writing for the Chicago Reader, praised the record's focus on slow to midtempo music, stating it "succeeds in sustaining a meditative, inner-gazing mood."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist (Country) Length
1. "Foliba" Super Rail Band Mali 7:51
2. "Djelika" Toumani Diabaté Mali 7:14
3. "Roucky" Ali Farka Touré Mali 8:18
4. "Toro" Moussa Poussy Niger 4:44
5. "M'Bore" Sona Diabate Guinea 6:09
6. "Djama Kaissoumou" Oumou Sangare Mali 6:46
7. "I Ka Di Nye" Bajourou Mali 5:19
8. "205" E.T. Mensah Ghana 3:05
9. "Utru Horas" Orchestra Baobab Senegal 8:41
10. "Almamy Bocoum" Mansour Seck Senegal 4:57
11. "Mauritania My Beloved Country" Dimi Mint Abba & Khalifa Ould Eide Mauritania 3:32
12. "Agne Anko" Kante Manfila Mali 4:37
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]


  1. ^ Douglas H., Henkle (2012-10-23). "Rough Guide Discography / World Music Network Discography". FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links. Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  2. ^ World Music Network. "About Us - The WMN Story". Retrieved 2013-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b Nickson, Chris. "The Rough Guide to West African Music". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 Dec 2013. 
  4. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (5 November 1998). "A Rough Guide to the Rough Guides". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2014-01-10.