Kinavana

Kinavana

by Kekele
     
 

Always one of the best Congolese musical outfits, Kekele have made a career connecting the dots between rumba and rhumba -- Cuba and West Africa -- it's even in the title of this disc, Kinavana, from Kinshasa and Havana. But whereas they've taken a generalist approach to the musical melding before, this timeSee more details below

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Always one of the best Congolese musical outfits, Kekele have made a career connecting the dots between rumba and rhumba -- Cuba and West Africa -- it's even in the title of this disc, Kinavana, from Kinshasa and Havana. But whereas they've taken a generalist approach to the musical melding before, this time they're far more specific, with an album of music written or recorded by Guillermo Portables, who was hardly a household name in his lifetime. But in the hands of Kekele you'd certainly imagine him to be a master. The arrangements sparkle and the guests, including Manu Dibango and M'Bilia Bel as well as others, offer incisive contributions. Guitarists Papa Noel and Syran Mbenza are the standouts in the band, but there are absolutely no passengers in this outfit. It's class all the way, taking the music back to its Caribbean source and letting the melodies speak for themselves in a glittering framework of wonderful singing and playing. What you hear is absolutely what you get here. But, of course, however they play it there's inevitably an African twist to the whole, subtle but pervasive, to give an extra kick to the music (which originated in West Africa centuries before the Cubans returned it). If you think of this as an exercise in multiculturalism at its finest, you won't be wrong.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
Label:
Stern's Africa
UPC:
0740042110120
catalogNumber:
1101
Rank:
370037

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kekele   Primary Artist
M'Bilia Bel   Vocals
Manu Dibango   Saxophone
Wuta Mayi   Vocals,Group Member
Mary Wooten   Cello
Bumba Massa   Vocals,Group Member
Luis Quintero   Percussion
Sam Bardfeld   Violin
Syran Mbenza   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Rubén Rodríguez   Double Bass
Conway Kuo   Violin
Marlene Rice   Viola
Joe King   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Wuta Mayi   Composer
Guillermo Portabales   Composer
Ñico Saquito   Composer
John Diaz   Engineer
Ibrahima Sylla   Executive Producer
Bumba Massa   Composer
Eliseo Grenet   Composer
Nelson Hernandez   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Syran Mbenza   Composer
Celia Romero   Composer
A. Fernandez   Composer
Ken Braun   Liner Notes

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