Sometimes the past can be so NEW. In this case I'm referring to the "fresh" beats compiled Jonathan Ward a four-disk collection called Opika Pende. Opika Pende means "be strong" in Lingala (Congo) and the songs collected here reflect the amazing strength and diversity of music from throughout Africa. Covering the period from 1909 to the 1960s, this collection features musical sounds most of us have never heard before. It would be so interesting to hear some of these beat remixed by current producers.