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Ketukuba

Africando

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Album Review

Some bands just can't put a foot wrong, and Africando is one of them. Their African-voiced salsa is always a joy, and this is no different as they reconnect the dots between West Africa and the Americas. Here, the African roots shine strong, especially on the cover of Franco's "Mario" which positively sizzles. But everything works, from the burning opener "Bogne Sirala," to "Nina Nina," sung by the American Joe King, bringing in something new. This is a disc that's truly a series of highlights, with some remarkable piano work from Efrain Davila and the late Alfredo Rodriguez that grabs credit from the five main singers. There may only be ten tracks, but when each one is such a gem, more would be too much. This is a record made for romance, for dancing, for listening — an album for all seasons.

Biography

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Africando represents a cross-cultural collaboration between top-ranked, New York-based, Latin musicians and African vocalists. While lyrics are sung in Yoruba, Wolof, Mandigo and French, the group's sizzling-hot dance rhythms blend classic mambo, Cuban son and mandigo traditions. Africando was initially drawn together by producers Ibrahima Sylba and Boncana Maiga. The group's debut album, Trovodor, released in 1993, featured the vocals of West Senegalese singers Pape Seck, Medoune Diallo and Nicolas...
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