Music from the Chocolate Lands features a selection of songs as distinctive as chocolate’s history. This release includes music from the tropical countries that grow cocoa beans as well as collaborations with musicians from the European regions where chocolate-makers produce some of the world’s most appetizing chocolate products.
Africa, the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans, is represented by Dobet Gnahoré from the Ivory Coast and Toto Bona Lokua, a trio featuring artists from Congo, Cameroon and the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Also from the Caribbean are Haiti’s Beethova Obas, with “Rasanblé,” and the masterful Cuban trumpet player Chocolate Armenteros, whose song “Chocolate Sabroso” (Tasty Chocolate) is a perfect fit. Adrian Martínez and Andy Palacio, from the Central American country of Belize, provide a previously unreleased track. The collection also features songs by Ozomatli (USA/Mexico), Susana Baca (Peru), Marcantonio (Brazil), Susheela Raman (India) and Teresa Bright (Hawaii). The Belgian group Think of One teams up with Brazilian musicians to create a track that unites two important chocolate producing countries. Taffetas provides another truly unique collaboration, bringing together musicians from the West African country of Guinea Bissau and Switzerland, the land where milk chocolate was invented.
- 2Susheela Raman - Sarasa - (India)
- 1Toto Bona Lokua - Lisanga - (Congo)
- 3Marcantonio - Sabiá - (Brazil)
- 4Beethova Obas - Rasanble - (Haiti)
- 5Ozomatli - Aquí No Será - (Mexico)
- 6Think of One - Paletó - (Brazil)
- 7Dobet Gnahoré - Kakou - (Ivory Coast)
- 8Taffetas - Yay Balma - (Switzerland)
- 9Teresa Bright - Tihore Mai Te Rangi - (United States)
- 10Adrian Martínez & Andy Palacio - Baba - (Belize)
- 11Susana Baca - Valentin - (Peru)
- 12Chocolate Armenteros - Chocolate Sabrosod - (Cuba)