Last King Of Scotland 906

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Review Text Idi Amin will never be remembered as a fantastic humanitarian. Musically, he was known to play the accordion from time to time. However, the soundtrack to the movie based on his life is an extremely enjoyable trip through African music. A wide array of musicians join forces for this record, with Momo Wandel giving a fine performance on the warm, pedestrian-paced "Toko," which features some fine solos on African wind instruments. Wandel here has a raspy bluesy voice that brings the song to life. Think of an elderly Ladysmith Black Mambazo and you get the gist of the number. From there, Percussion Discussion Africa opt for an uptempo, catchy groove that shines during "Nakawunde." The only problem here is that it could go on for quite a while but simply fades out three minutes in. This flavor is brought to fruition again during "Kasongo" and also during the hypnotic, funky, groovy, and aptly titled "Afro Disco Beat" that recalls Fela Kuti mixed with some James Brown. Composer and conductor Alex Heffes wields his influence on the album with some thoughtful, cinematic instrumentals, including "Idi's Story"; the eerie "Press Conference"; and the ominous, percussion-driven "Ambush." Perhaps the best of these interludes is the tension-filled "Getting the Evil of Nicolas." A true surprise is the cover of "Me and Bobby McGee" by Angela Kalule, which gives the song a totally different feeling. Generally, this album is knee-deep in Afro beats and polyrhythms, especially with the hip-shaking, horn-guided "Bukom Mashie" as well as the infectious "Love Is You," perhaps the rowdiest rock effort here. Another highlight is the melodic and relaxing "Acholi Pot Song," performed by Ndere Dance Troupe. ~ Jason MacNeil

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Toko - 8:42
  2. 2. Nakawunde - 3:01
  3. 3. Idi's Story - 2:51
  4. 4. Afro Disco Beat - 6:30
  5. 5. Save Me - 3:24
  6. 6. Ambush - 2:24
  7. 7. Me and Bobby McGee - 4:07
  8. 8. Kasongo - 4:09
  9. 9. Fever - 7:42
  10. 10. Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond - 1:22
  11. 11. Bukom Mashie - 5:07
  12. 12. Press Conference - 4:51
  13. 13. Love Is You - 3:05
  14. 14. Getting the Evil of Nicolas - 6:40
  15. 15. On the Runway - 5:25
  16. 16. Down Over Lake Victoria - 2:34
  17. 17. Acholi Pot Song - 4:51
  18. 18. Voice of the Forgotten - 3:25

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Release Date
9/26/06 

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