Mambo Yo Yo

Mambo Yo Yo

by Ricardo Lemvo
     
 
The beauty of Latin music comes from the mixture of African rhythms and European melodies, seasoned with just a bit of indigenous New World influences and Middle Eastern tones. Originating in the Caribbean, Latin music spread via migration to New York, where it became salsa, and via trade to West Africa, where it became soukous. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca join salsa

Overview

The beauty of Latin music comes from the mixture of African rhythms and European melodies, seasoned with just a bit of indigenous New World influences and Middle Eastern tones. Originating in the Caribbean, Latin music spread via migration to New York, where it became salsa, and via trade to West Africa, where it became soukous. Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca join salsa and soukous into a musical stew which takes Latin music to a new place. African musicians have been playing Cuban-based music for decades, first staying quite close to the form, then substituting electric guitars for horns, to develop Congolese rumba and soukous. Some, like Africando, have come back to the Cuban style, but it is really just copying, a la Linda Ronstadt's Frenesi -- faithful reproductions of the Cuban sound with little innovation. Lemvo and his band, now based in Los Angeles, play something new and unique, a music which has traveled back and forth across the Atlantic several times, accumulating lots of innovation on its way. The music on Mambo Yo Yo can be characterized as mainly Cuban style son montuno with trumpets (sometimes muted, giving that "tropical moonlight" sound), driving piano, even a tres on many numbers. But then we hear the trap drums, the characteristic Congolese electric guitar runs and the occasional Kikongo and Lingala lyrics, all of which combine to give us music which is interesting, entertaining, infectiously happy, and good-natured. Lemvo's personal touch reflects a lifelong love of Cuban music by someone who grew up in modern Africa and the musical melting pot of the U.S. The international band members (besides Lemvo, the musicians hail from the U.S., Mexico, Cuba, South America and the Netherlands), led by musical director Niño Jesús Pérez, complement each other well on this album, which will make you want to find out more about salsa and about soukous...but not until you're done dancing!

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/1998
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248013824
catalogNumber:
138

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricardo Lemvo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Little Richard   Flute,Keyboards,Maracas,Background Vocals,Tres
Tony Lujan   Trumpet
Wuta Mayi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Komba M. Bellow   Drums
Nengue Hernandez   Conga
Oscar Hernandez   Piano
Eduardo Marquez   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Ray Martinez   Bass
Eddy Montalvo   Conga
Mike Turre   Saxophone
Miguel Yamba   Bass Guitar
Bopol Mansiamina   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Syran Mbenza   Guitar
Martin Flores   Drums
Andy Abad   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
José Papo Rodríguez   Bongos,Conga
Charlie Biggs   Trumpet
Caien Madoka   Guitar
Ron Blake   Trumpet
Fran "Cuco" Martinez   Conga,Quinto
Eric Francis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Little Richard   Arranger,Producer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Bill Purcell   Artwork
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations
Daren Gill   Producer
Pepe Andrade   Engineer
Iván Castro   Engineer
Nino Jesus Perez   Producer

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