Kinavana

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: 2/28/2006
  • Label: Stern's Africa
  • UPC: 740042110120
  • Catalog Number: 1101
  • Sales rank: 188,973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mace (5:15)
  2. 2 Tokobuka Mikuwa (4:56)
  3. 3 Tapale (4:18)
  4. 4 Ponton La Belle (5:23)
  5. 5 Ba Kristo (7:30)
  6. 6 Fungola Motema (4:57)
  7. 7 Yo Odeconer (5:09)
  8. 8 Yoka Biso (4:38)
  9. 9 Oh Miguel (5:22)
  10. 10 Tubela (5:03)
  11. 11 Chérie Sandra (5:29)
  12. 12 Consequence (5:21)
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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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