Mambo Yo Yo 0598

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Review Text The beauty of Latin music comes from the mixture of African rhythms and European melodies, seasoned with just a bit of indigenous New World influences and Middle Eastern tones. Originating in the Caribbean, Latin music spread via migration to New York, where it became salsa, and via trade to West Africa, where it became soukous. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca join salsa and soukous into a musical stew which takes Latin music to a new place. African musicians have been playing Cuban-based music for decades, first staying quite close to the form, then substituting electric guitars for horns, to develop Congolese rumba and soukous. Some, like Africando, have come back to the Cuban style, but it is really just copying, a la Linda Ronstadt's Frenesi -- faithful reproductions of the Cuban sound with little innovation. Lemvo and his band, now based in Los Angeles, play something new and unique, a music which has traveled back and forth across the Atlantic several times, accumulating lots of innovation on its way. The music on Mambo Yo Yo can be characterized as mainly Cuban style son montuno with trumpets (sometimes muted, giving that "tropical moonlight" sound), driving piano, even a tres on many numbers. But then we hear the trap drums, the characteristic Congolese electric guitar runs and the occasional Kikongo and Lingala lyrics, all of which combine to give us music which is interesting, entertaining, infectiously happy, and good-natured. Lemvo's personal touch reflects a lifelong love of Cuban music by someone who grew up in modern Africa and the musical melting pot of the U.S. The international band members (besides Lemvo, the musicians hail from the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, South America and the Netherlands), led by musical director Niño Jesús Pérez, complement each other well on this album, which will make you want to find out more about salsa and about soukous...but not until you're done dancing! ~ Bruce Ishikawa

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Mambo Yo Yo - 4:19
  2. 2. Rinkinkaya - 4:44
  3. 3. Aquella Bendita Foto - 5:30
  4. 4. Da la Rumba Soy Yo - 5:55
  5. 5. Aguacero - 4:01
  6. 6. Bilolo - 4:58
  7. 7. No Me Enganes Mas - 4:10
  8. 8. Mujer Divina - 4:57
  9. 9. Africa, Havana, Paris - 5:51
  10. 10. Manuela - 5:03

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5/19/98 

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