Snows of Kilimanjaro

Snows of Kilimanjaro
by Medwyn Goodall
New World Music

Sit back and relax for a good cause. Except for half a minute on the first and last tracks, “Snows of Kilimanjaro” is about as African as bagels and lox. It may not be African, but it is soothing: Medwyn Goodall, who has been at the forefront of New Age music since the early 1990's, turns in a solid performance on this CD, sales of which benefit the Duchess of York’s charity Children in Crisis (www.childrenincrisis.org.uk) a group that helps children in some of the world’s most dangerous countries.

Snows is a tribute to Martin Friend, a tourist who was killed in 1999 by Ugandan rebels just before he realized his dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Martin’s father Ron, together with Children in Crisis, organized a group climb in memory of his son.

Goodall was inspired by the story, and Snows of Kilimanjaro is the result. It’s instrumental, featuring synthesizers mixed with a few hints of African instruments and voices. This is a great CD for relaxation, meditation, or just drifting off to sleep. It’s also useful to play in the car to reduce the tension of rush-hour traffic. It’s interesting yet inoffensive background music, and that’s an honorable thing. If your musical tastes lean toward David Arkenstone and Enya, or if you’re already a Medwyn Goodall fan, this CD is a good purchase.

RACHEL WREN

RATING: 3 ½ Broomsticks


» Originally appeared in newWitch #01

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