Bana Congo

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
There's always been a strong link between Cuban music and Congolese rhumba -- over the years the two have influenced each other in countless ways. African guitarist Papa Noel was always one of the more Cuban-leaning of the rhumba virtuosos, which makes this pairing with Cuba's Papa Oviedo a perfectly natural mix. Not only does it show the similarities between West Africa and Afro-Cuban music, but it showcases two scintillating players and singers, whether on the gorgeous ballad "Juliana" which slips effortlessly in double time at the end or the swinging "Oye; Sabroso Son." It's more about the connections than the differences and the complex polyrhythms at the heart of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
There's always been a strong link between Cuban music and Congolese rhumba -- over the years the two have influenced each other in countless ways. African guitarist Papa Noel was always one of the more Cuban-leaning of the rhumba virtuosos, which makes this pairing with Cuba's Papa Oviedo a perfectly natural mix. Not only does it show the similarities between West Africa and Afro-Cuban music, but it showcases two scintillating players and singers, whether on the gorgeous ballad "Juliana" which slips effortlessly in double time at the end or the swinging "Oye; Sabroso Son." It's more about the connections than the differences and the complex polyrhythms at the heart of the music -- just try keeping time to "Molimo," for example. The guitar work, though understated, is spectacular in its taste and economy; the vocals are gloriously laid-back but soulful; and the arrangements are careful to let the stars shine. All in all it's a thing of beauty, with every single second a pure joy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Tumi Records
  • UPC: 723724415522
  • Catalog Number: 107
  • Sales rank: 197,655

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bana Congo (5:03)
  2. 2 Kin Havane (5:56)
  3. 3 Limpia Mi Son (3:29)
  4. 4 Combinación de Soneros (4:51)
  5. 5 Juliana (7:44)
  6. 6 Molimo (7:34)
  7. 7 Homenaje a Isaac Oviedo (5:37)
  8. 8 No Te Doy Na (3:41)
  9. 9 M Bonge (6:22)
  10. 10 Oye; Sabroso Son (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Papa Noel Primary Artist, Vocals
Wuta Mayi Vocals
Papi Oviedo Tres, Musical Direction
Vincent Hamamdjian Double Bass
Nana Akumu Choir, Chorus
Jorge Luis Argüelles Bata
Cristina Azcuy Choir, Chorus
Cristina Azcuy García Vocals
Juan Bautista Sánchez García Conga
Crispín Díaz Hernández Vocals
Marcelino Ruiz Hipolito Bass
Nyboma Laurent Vocals
Baniel Mbambo Choir, Chorus
Carlos Calderón Milanés Guitar
Noelio Camacho Rodríguez Conga
Miguel Martínez Rojas Choir, Chorus
Ivan Suarez Double Bass
Marzal Torres Raudel Trumpet
Technical Credits
Paul Morris Text Translation
Papa Noel Producer
Mo Fini Executive Producer
Basil Anderson Producer
Nigel Williamson Liner Notes
John Hollis Executive Producer
Laurent DEu Engineer
Jorge Machado Duran Producer
Alejandro Silva Fayat Engineer
Gass Gassaman Text Translation
Gregorio Ricardo Martínez Arranger
Sophie Matthieu Text Translation
Nedule "Papa Noel" Monswet Arranger
Andrés Sosa Revé Arranger
Angel Felix Borrero Rojas Arranger
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