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Con Otro Airé

Chambao

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Album Review

For their fourth studio album, Spanish group Chambao let frontwoman La Mari take the helm on essentially all composing, arranging, and production. The result is something decidedly not in the vein of straightforward Spanish music. Influences of Africa and Mexico are thrown into the mix conspicuously, but without stealing the show entirely. While the opening track lays the North African percussion on a bit thick, the sound becomes more subtle as the album progresses, incorporating elements of rhythm and timbre from other realms, but not quite taking over an otherwise solid melodic line. But only for a bit. "Detalles" comes out of the gate as an Indian ghazal of sorts before looping into something with a bit of Spanish influence. Along with ethnic instrumentation, there's a fair bit of electronica mixed into the production, making for a contemporary (dare it be called "adult contemporary") sound from time to time — "Caprichos de Colores" being a prime example. It's only in a couple of spots that the sound really becomes traditional in a full form, with Puerto Rican sounds, no less, in "El Viejo San Juan" and more traditional flamenco with Enrique Morente in tow on "Respira." The album can never quite choose a sound, or a style, or a mood and stick with it, but it's always striking.

Customer Reviews

Stylish Flamenco Fusion

This is a great album. More polished than Pokito a Poko, more flamenco and less fusion than Endorfinas en La Mente (great as they are). Listen out for Estrella Morente on Lo Bueno y Lo Malo. If you get the chance to see Chambao, don't miss it: they're even better live.

coolest flamenco chill

This band are just the coolest band I've heard from Malaga. Ok so it's the only band I've heard from Malaga but that doesn't matter. They are brilliant. I've got another couple of their previous albums from the last couple of years. Just great to remember those chilled out days in Espana. If you saw the Andalucia advert on the TV last year it's their tune in the background. For more samples just drop in youtube they have a massive fan base. If you like this you'll like Nina Pastori too. Do yourself and your mates a favour. Drop this into your mix this summer, the BBQ and San Miguel will never be the same.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Málaga, Spain

Genre: Pop in Spanish

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The three original members of Chambao — La Mari, El Edi, and Dani — made waves in the world music scene with their new brand of flamenco, called flamenco chill, which combined the passion and vocal style of traditional Andalusian flamenco with elements of electronica, specifically chillout. Formed in the early morning hours of the 2001 summer solstice in Malaga, Spain, Chambao first appeared to the greater public on the 2002 Sony compilation Flamenco Chill, to which they contributed eight...
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