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Various Artists: Café D’Afrique

With the jazz demographic getting older and older, more and more mainstream labels are turning their attention to the dancefloor in order to capture younger ears. Savoy had already released a CD by the English dance-pop trio Saint Etienne, but Cafe D’Afrique is the first release on the label’s new Worldwide imprint for electronic music.

Dino Moran and Mother Nature’s “Vuna” is the track that sounds the most like kwaito, South Africa’s indigenous-steeped take on European house music. Unfortunately, there’s little else on the CD that resembles kwaito-a shame since so little of that genre has been released in the U.S. The rest of Café D’Afrique sounds like European and U.S. music from the 1990s.

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