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Martina

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All Music Guide - Mark Romano
Martina, Africando's sixth studio album, continues the group's unique take on African and classic Cuban styles. The group hasn't dropped a beat and this album is a testimony to its staying power. This is helped by a continual injection of new talent built on a solid foundation of some of the best African, Latin, and Antillean musicians performing in the business. The album is a tribute to the eternal African woman and it's a potent homage that churns up the African-Latin musical waters quite a bit. Ismaël Lo's "Lote Lo" is a finely crafted ballad to a recently deceased friend. His voice brings another dimension to this already talent-packed super group. Congolese legends, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Romano
Martina, Africando's sixth studio album, continues the group's unique take on African and classic Cuban styles. The group hasn't dropped a beat and this album is a testimony to its staying power. This is helped by a continual injection of new talent built on a solid foundation of some of the best African, Latin, and Antillean musicians performing in the business. The album is a tribute to the eternal African woman and it's a potent homage that churns up the African-Latin musical waters quite a bit. Ismaël Lo's "Lote Lo" is a finely crafted ballad to a recently deceased friend. His voice brings another dimension to this already talent-packed super group. Congolese legends, Nyboma and Emeneya stir it up on Papa Wemba's "Reference." The inimitable Gnonnas Pedro of Benin recreates his "Azo Nkplon" from the 1970s with gusto to spare. Tabou Combo's Shoubou turns in a fine mid-tempo exhortation to all the youth of the world. Senegal's Seka pushes it higher with his "Dioumte" replete with fiery keyboard work. A better tribute to Mama Africa would be difficult to find. Africando does it with an enormously gifted cast of musicians. At one time or another, there are over 45 musicians on Martina and there's no stopping them. This is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • Label: Sterns Africa
  • UPC: 740042109629
  • Catalog Number: 1096
  • Sales rank: 140,689

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lindas Africanas (7:40)
  2. 2 Temedi (Young Girl) (5:18)
  3. 3 Lote Lô (5:16)
  4. 4 Abibou (5:34)
  5. 5 Fouta Tooro - Medoune Diallo (5:10)
  6. 6 Azo Nkplon (Work Feeds Me) - Gnonnas Pedro (5:11)
  7. 7 Tiembela (3:56)
  8. 8 Dioumte - Adama Seka (5:22)
  9. 9 Abibou (5:34)
  10. 10 Reference (4:40)
  11. 11 El Que Te Ama Siempre - Ronnie Baró (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Africando Primary Artist
Ismaël Lô Vocals
Nelson Rodriguez Tres
Bobby Allende Bongos, Maracas, Guiro
Hector Casanova Vocals
Medoune Diallo Vocals
Ite Jerez Trumpet
Lewis Kahn Violin
Ozzie Melendez Trombone
Enrique Orengo Cello
Papo Pepin Conga
Mario Rivera Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Piro Rodriguez Trumpet
Adalberto Santiago Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eddie Zervigon Flute
Luis Daniel Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Nelson Hernandez Baritone Saxophone
Raul Agraz Trumpet
Luis Quintero Bongos, Conga, Maracas, Timbales, Guiro
Pablo Santaella Trombone
Andrea Brachfeld Flute
Roger "Shoubou" Eugène Vocals
Pablo "Chino" Nuñez Timbales
Sekouba Bambino Vocals
Ronnie Baró Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Nyboma Mwan Dido Vocals
Miguel Gomez Choir, Chorus
Dave Rimelis Violin
Pedro Gnonnas Vocals
Emeneya Kester Vocals
Carlos Enriquez Bass
Efrain "Junito" Davila Piano
Irving Yeras Violin
Roberto Iglesias Diaz Choir, Chorus
Luis Jose Rodriguez Guitar, Tres
Amadou Balaké Vocals
Julio Fomt Choir, Chorus
Pete Gomez Maracas, Guiro
Bailly Spinto Vocals
Ruben Gonzales Bass
Raïmundo Penoforte Violin
Adama Seka Vocals
Joe King Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Ouzin Ndiaye Engineer
Ibrahima Sylla Executive Producer
Boncana Maïga Arranger, Producer, Artistic Director
Nelson Hernandez Horn Arrangements
Guido Diaz Engineer
Francois Yaro Engineer
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