The Very Best :: Warm Heart of Africa

Roughly two years ago, M.I.A did well to introduce the globalization of music to the mainstream world. Her Clash/hip-hop/dance hybrid went far to broaden the tastes of the casual listening audience, and probably without them knowing it. Somewhat independently, Afro-beats, highlife and other traditional African sounds emerged in the white-boy consciousness over the last few years, allowing a band like Vampire Weekend to be a chart-topping certainty. In either case, the music has been best received in a Westernized form--M.I.A.'s hip-hop or VW's pop. It's . . .

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