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Album Review

This album is the follow-up to the 1995 Bandera. It is a continuation of the musical genre developed in the previous album. The majority of the album is dancefloor-geared compositions. The Mendes Brothers are always seeking to stretch the boundaries of Cape Verdean music. They are adept at connecting the music of their homeland with other Lusafrican rhythmic roots. Inevitably, however, this also means the inclusion of hip-hop and R&B, which is something that this music doesn't need to survive and progress. Fortunately, the American influence is minimized and does not permeate the whole album. The rap is actually is actually Cape Verdean-derived. The Bandera rhythmic structure keeps the pulse tight and throbbing. Torri Di Control has some moments of significant groove quotient, but it doesn't equal the strength of their previous album, nor does it carry the genre that they are trying to develop on to higher ground.


Formed: Palonkon, Fogo, Cape Verde

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

The music of Cape Verde and Angola has been transformed into an international phenomena by the Cape Verde-born and Brockton, MA-based Mendes Brothers João and Ramiro. In addition to three albums of their own, the Mendes Brothers have helped to promote the music of their homeland as owners of the MB record label. Artists that have released albums on the label include Mirri Lobo, Djosinha, Waldemar Bastos, Sãozinha, and Cesaria Evora. Born in the small village of Palonkon on the island of Fogo, the...
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