Dunia Yote

Dunia Yote

Disc review

Legend has it that rock’n'roll germinated from post-war radio stations spreading the seeds of country and the blues. Born in Rwanda but growing up a refugee, his ear tuned to his friends’ radios, the Mighty PoPo found a similar path to his blend of African music. PoPo is a magpie, throwing South African township jive, reggae, soukous and American R&B into the mix. This stew only succeeds because PoPo delivers it with force and without self-consciousness. Lyrics, though, are where he breaks down. He gets away with it, obviously, when singing in Kinyarwandan, but the English and French forays – like the head-thumpingly-obvious rant of Internalized Racism – have none of the subtlety of the music. (M-J Milloy)

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