Music and Rhythm (various artists)

Band members                             Related acts

- The Beat

- David Byrne

- Lonesi Chewani and Joni Hetara

- Vic Coppersmith-Heaven

- Holger Czukay

- Drums of Makebuko, Burundi

- Alhaji Inrahim Abdulai and His Dagbamba Cultural Group

- Ekome

- Peter Gabriel

- Peter Hammill

- Joe Hassell

- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party

- Balinese Ketjak

- Alhaji Bai Konti and Malami Jobate

- Prince Nico M'Barga and Rocafil Jazz

- Morris Pert

- Rico

- Shankar and Bill Lovelady

- Mighty Sparrow

- Pete Townshend






- various artists




Genre: world music

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Music and Rhythm

Company: PVC

Catalog: PVC-201

Year: 1982

Country/State: various

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: gatefold, double LP set

Available: 1

Catalog ID: 4519

Price: $20.00

Cost: $66.00


While it may be tempting to try blaming Peter Gabriel for the apparently endless flood of crappy 'world music' that seems to greet you in every politically sensitive retail establishment these days, he's really not to blame.


Released in 1982, this 21 track, double album set is actually surprisingly diverse and entertaining.  Add to that, "Music and Rhythm: A Benefit Double LP for a World of Music, Arts and Dance" was done as a charity project to support Gabriel's WOMAD festival.  Mind you, the set's eclectic collection certainly won't appeal to everyone and Gabriel fans are liable to be disappointed given he's only represented by one track - 'Across the River'.  On the other hand what those willing to take a chance will get is an interesting (if occasionally long winded) mix of musicians and musical styles from some 15 countries. African tribal rhythms, Indian raga, rock, reggae, it's all here.  To be honest, with the exception of XTC's bizarre 'It's Nearly Africa' most of the material from Western artists such as The Beat, Gabriel, Peter Hammeill, and Pete Townshend is far less impressive than the more obscure tracks from folks such as the Mighty Sparrows' title track and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's contribution 'Moor Azil Chamkia'.   As an added note, look for a copy of the original LP since the CD reissue truncated the collection, focusing on the more commercial (read that as Western acts), while dropping off eight of the more obscure songs.


"Music and Rhythm" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Drums of Makebuko: Burundi (instrumental)

2.) Peter Gabriel (Across the River)

3.) Exome (Kpana Logo)

4.) XTC (It's Nearly Africa)

5.) Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulai and His Dagbamab Cultural Group (Zuu-Waa)


(side 2)

1.) The Beat (Mirror In the bathroom)

2.) Prince Nico M'Barga and Rocafil Jazz (Sweet Mother)

3.) Mighty Sparrow (Music and Rhythm)

4.) Rico (What Are You Talkin' Bout)

5.) Morris Pert (Marrakesh) (instrumental)

(side 3)

1.) Pete Townshend (Ascension Two)

2.) Vic Coppersmith-Heaven (Pengosekan) (instrumental)

3.) Balinese Ketjak (A Short Excerpt for the Ramayanan Monkey Chant)

4.) John Hassell (Ba Benzele)

5.) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party (Moor Azil Chamkia)

6.) Peter Hammill (The Ritual Mask)


(side 4)

1.) David Byrne (His Wife Refused)

2.) Alhaji Bai Konti and Malami Jobate (Sudurum Kumbosora)

3.) Lonesi Chewani and Joni Hetara (Mkazi Wa Mulomo)

4.) Shankar and Bill Lovelady (Himalaya)

5.) Holger Czukay (Persian Love)