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Album Review

Jesús Alemañy, trumpeter and bandleader of this immensely talented group, didn't wait long to capitalize on the success of ¡Cubanismo!'s 1996 debut. While that album spent weeks in Billboard's Latin Top Ten, ¡Cubanismo! went back in the studio to record Malembe, their follow-up. If possible, it improves on the original. This album burns from the first note of the first song and doesn't let up for its hourlong duration. Numbers like "Salsa Pilón" and "Mar y Tierra" explore a variety of traditional Cuban musical styles, some of which have existed in some form for almost 300 years. The music ranges from salsa to rhumba to Latin jazz to the traditional Cuban son, with Alemañy's trumpet leading the way. This disc is guaranteed to cause spontaneous party outbreaks, wherever played. If these songs don't fill you with the urge to get up and dance, regardless of where you are or what you're doing, then have someone call a doctor; you're clinically dead!


Genre: Latino

Years Active: '90s, '00s

¡Cubanismo! certainly has good timing. Releasing their first album just before the seminal world music success of Buena Vista Social Club, they were poised to make a real impact with their melodic Cuban music that kept its roots strong but also reached outward with a rhythmic kick and a sense of adventure. The band was formed by trumpeter Jesús Alemañy, who had been a Cuban child prodigy, gliding through Havana's Conservatorio Amadeo Roldan, then joining Sierra Maestra, the group that helped rejuvenate...
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Malembe, ¡Cubanismo!
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  • 11,99 €
  • Genres: Salsa and Tropical, Music, Latino
  • Released: 29 April 1997

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