Teenagers in Love

Alberts recorded drummers from many communities and informal, polyphonic choruses singing in many tongues. These are signature sounds of African music, but perhaps more charming are the more Westernized ensembles. "All for You" is stripped-down high-life from Liberia with gruesomely comic lyrics -- "You took the razor, cut my throat/All for you" -- one could hear as a tortured feminist statement. And the acoustic rumba recorded in the Congo offers an irresistible snippet of village soukous: This is the music that shook the disco, unplugged and backstage, loping along as if there were no tomorrow.

-- Chris King

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