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Album Review

The plena and the bomba are the roots of Puerto Rican music, and though they're classed as Afro-Puerto Rican, they've moved beyond that to be the rhythms of the island. The bomba's roots go back to the 17th century, while the plena developed in the early 20th century. Both are very percussive, as Hector "Tito" Matos and his group, Viento de Agua, show here — in fact, the only non-percussive instrument is flute. These are people familiar with the traditions, as in the plena "El Leon." The emphasis here is definitely on the plena, although the bombas, which make up four of the 12 tracks, offer a very distinctive, rooted flavor — Sam Charles Tanco provides a wonderful vocal on "Cucu" with a text derived from some forgotten African language. One of the greatest joys comes at the end, on "Viento de Agua Llego," which essentially deconstructs the plena rhythm, letting the listener understand how it all comes together. The performances throughout are explosive and joyful — just listen to the requinto drums on "Quinto y Tumbador," for example. This is folkloric music that's very much alive and kicking, a living tradition that continues to grow.

Customer Reviews

good CD

very authentic music 100%. This is a good CD if you want to hear good plenas numbers, their bombas are good also, but not on the same level as a Cepeda or a Ayala, very good CD overall, worth it.

There should be MORE DONE LIKE THIS = Necesitan mas COMO HICIERON ESTE, CRUDA!!!!

This is a great CD of Bomba and Plena!!! This was DONE TO MY LIKING, with the AUTHENTIC INSTRUMENTS (Pandereta for Plena and the "Barriles de Bomba" - Bouleador and Seguidor), and WITHOUT any other instruments added to "dress it up" such as trumpets, piano, trombones ect. this doesn't need it. I love it when the Bomba and Plena is done RAW!!! I have this album/CD and I like all the songs in it. If you want to hear REAL AUTHENTIC Bomba and Plena from Puerto Rico then you have got to get this one! Also recommend, "BAILANDOR EL TAMBOR" by the CEPEDA family, "BOMBA DE LOIZA" by the AYALA family, AND "BOMBAZO" by AFRO-BORICUA (AFRO-BORICUA is made up of members from the Cepeda family, the Ayala family and Tito Matos is also in the group).

Me encanto como hicieron este elepe/CD, con los instrumentos autenticos de Bomba y Plena y SIN otros instrumentos para acomponarlo (sin trumpeta, piano, trombon). Esto es Bomba y Plena en su estado NATURAL, CUDO es como me gusta la Bomba y Plena. Yo tengo este CD y me gusta el CD entero. Si usted quieres saber como suena la Bomba y la Plena, entonces hay que tener este CD!! Tambien recomendo a los siguientes que son como este:
Afro-Boricua - "BOMBAZO"
Hermanos Ayala - "BOMBA DE LOIZA"
Familia Cepeda - "BAILADON EL TAMBOR"
Todos son CD's de Bomba y Plena que son de 5 estrellas *****


About time Bomba y Plena, that brings back what you hear in the streets in Puerto Rico. Being that Christmas time, Welcoming back a hero, telling a story or protesting . That is Bomba y Plena. Thanks.

Viento de Agua Unplugged: Materia Prima, Viento de Agua
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