Mandali

Mandali

by Africando
     
 
Mandali is Africando's fifth album and features no less than eleven of the world's greatest singers. It is nonstop dance music and salsa of the highest caliber. The only things missing are the slower cha-chas and son montunos featured on the earlier albums. The horns are fat and fiery as ever and Boncana

Overview

Mandali is Africando's fifth album and features no less than eleven of the world's greatest singers. It is nonstop dance music and salsa of the highest caliber. The only things missing are the slower cha-chas and son montunos featured on the earlier albums. The horns are fat and fiery as ever and Boncana Maiga's arrangements are tight and sparkling. The various vocalists' timbres and tones provide a textural variety that would not be present if the album featured only one vocalist. Here we get nasal West African vocals from Mali, Senegal, and Guinea, Congolese intonations, Beninois inflections, Haitian twists, Cuban sonero sounds, Puerto Rican salsero touches, and Burkina Faso tinges. This is truly an African-Caribbean band and music; as stated in the liner notes, it is a veritable vocal summit. "Mandali" is an older song originally done by the famous Gambian group, Super Eagles. Here Medoune Diallo of Senegal turns on the steam with his silky vocal. The percussion and piano provide the propulsion. "Miye Na We" is a hot mélange of Antillean melody and Latin percussive power. "Pepita," a Boncana Maiga composition, is given robust treatment by Hector Casanova of El Gran Combo, Puerto Rico's legendary group. "Betece" checks in at number eight on the play list with fat hot horns, tres guitar, rippling charanga flute, and a fine bass rhythm. The vocal on this track is by Amadou Balake, one Burkino Faso's national treasures. "Scanadalo" ("Scandal in the Family"), by Trinidad's Sir Lancelot, is given a Haitian Creole-Latin tinge by Shoubou of Tabou Combo. It's African salsa, Cuban son, Puerto Rican salsa. It's Africa and the Caribbean at their best coming together in New York City, the capital of the world. Here are some of the world's most gifted musicians giving and taking from each other in continual musical interchange and interplay. This is what the members of Africando do best. They have done it again and they are on fire. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2000
Label:
Sterns Africa
UPC:
0740042109223
catalogNumber:
1092

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Performance Credits

Africando   Primary Artist
Salif Keita   Vocals
Luis Bonilla   Trombone
Koffi Olomide   Vocals
Bobby Allende   Bongos,Maracas,Guiro
Hector Casanova   Vocals
Medoune Diallo   Vocals
Oscar Hernandez   Piano
Ite Jerez   Trumpet
Lewis Kahn   Violin
Ray Martinez   Bass
Ozzie Melendez   Trombone
Enrique Orengo   Cello
Papo Pepin   Conga
Mario Rivera   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Adalberto Santiago   Vocals
Eddie Zervigon   Flute
George Delgado   Conga
Lokua Kanza   Vocals
Thione Seck   Vocals
Luis Daniel   Vocals
Gnonnas Pedro   Vocals
Nelson Hernandez   Baritone Saxophone
Raul Agraz   Trumpet
Edwin Sanchez   Piano
Roger "Shoubou" Eugène   Vocals
Raimundo Penaforte   Violin
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
Sekouba Bambino   Vocals
Ronnie Baró   Vocals
Irving Yeras   Violin
Pete Gomez   Maracas,Guiro

Technical Credits

Chris Champion   Engineer
John Diaz   Engineer
Ibrahima Sylla   Producer
Tapha Thiam   Engineer
Boncana Maïga   Arranger,Music Direction
Francois Yaro   Engineer
Luis Rodriguez   Contributor

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