Drop The Debt - Various Artists

World Village

The distributor of 'Drop The Debt' thought I was just blowing sunshine when I told them I thought the compilation was one of the best collections of contemporary music from the Southern Hemisphere I have ever heard. I stand by my claim and the talent on this CD speaks for itself. Lenine, Oliver Mtukudzi, Chico Cesar, Cesaria Evora, Sally Nyolo and Tiken Jah Fakoly (fr. Cote d'Ivoire) have all enjoyed lengthy sojourns at the top of the Calcopyrite WorldBeat Top 30 over the past few years and I've never seen them all put together in one package before. Apparently it wasn't a tough sell for the artists to do this benefit release. The CD campaigns the notion of dropping third world debt amassed by impoverished countries who received loans during the '60s and '70s. I'm no geopolitical analyst but in 2001 the UN announced that 38 percent of the budget of African countries was devoted to debt servicing. I doubt the western financial institutions collecting would go broke if those debts were forgiven. Hey, haven't I heard that somewhere before? "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors".