With their Africa Airways series flying high Africa Seven felt the time was right to introduce a new compilation focusing on the unique contribution from some of Africa's most recognized female artists and some lesser known ones for good measure. Taking their cue from the Alice Walker essay In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens, they kick things off with the infectious sound of Letta Mbulu. Letta started her career playing alongside fellow heavyweights Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela as cast members of King Kong in the '50s and has since gone on to become one of the most influential South-African artists. This crate-digger, secret weapon version of her classic single, "Kilimanjiro, Take Us Higher" has all the disco groove and delight you need and desire from such a star.
Uta Bella then takes over with "Enyin," a glamorous disco scorcher heightened by glittering keys and irresistible West African vocals. One of Nigeria's unsung pioneers, and first female pop bandleader, Mona Finnih continues the flow with the effortless boogie number "Ani Kewa Jo." Devastating 80's number "Nou Ke Sa Inmew" from Cida Desvarieux follows. Firstly a hit of beautiful vocals and slap bass controls the floor before handing over to the powerful guitar riffs and horns which groove out for the rest of this number. Wrapping up the first side is the grand dame of Nigerian pop Christy Essien's classy reggae inspired number "Time Waits For No One."
Side two opens with Togolese singer Akofa Akoussah causing a storm with "Tango," a delicate yet ferocious number with unforgiving energy. Next is the more obscure Carmen Ezumah offering "Tala Tala" with its vintage Afro goodness. Moving on, we have the Nigerian Lijadu Sisters (dubbed "the West African Pointer Sisters") with one of their most notable hits "Danger" and Kenyan Bakambi N'Kela's uncompromising "Kilimanjoro".