The three hundred and fifty-eighth album: #358 Jorge Ben - Africa Brasil

Mostly, Africa Brasil provides pleasant Brazilian pop. There's a samba root, but it has the jazzier bossa nova feel in a number of its tracks and brings in some gentle rock and funk's call and response in places to create a nice fusion. At the best, his quite simple vocals - often with the softness of a ballad - has more upbeat music behind it where it makes it more expressive. Taj Mahal for example has a famous beat in it, but his vocals are calmer than the rest of the song suggests. It's not something I would have necessarily expected, but it works well as an album.