I'm listening to Putumayo Presents Africa

The music of the world has has much to thank Africa for. Jazz, blues, rock and roll, gospel, salsa, samba, funk, hip-hop, reggae, zydeco...all have roots in African music. Africa is home to a myriad of styles, and it remains one of the most creative places for music on the planet.

Tradition still plays an important role in today's African music, yet increasingly influences from around the world are making themselves heard. Ironically, many of the foreign music styles that have been most influential on today's African music have African origins. They are merely long lost relatives returning home. You will hear echoes of jazz, reggae, hip- hop, funk and salsa in the songs included on this collection.

Either way, when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

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