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Nil Lara
     

Nil Lara

by Nil Lara
 
Nil Lara accomplishes an innovative lyricism rooted in traditional, Latin rhythms in this self-titled follow-up to his debut album My First Child. His Cuban heritage serving as catalyst, Lara weaves English and Spanish lyrics to communicate universal themes. From the first song, "Money Makes the Monkey Dance," which reflects upon the struggles and suffering of

Overview

Nil Lara accomplishes an innovative lyricism rooted in traditional, Latin rhythms in this self-titled follow-up to his debut album My First Child. His Cuban heritage serving as catalyst, Lara weaves English and Spanish lyrics to communicate universal themes. From the first song, "Money Makes the Monkey Dance," which reflects upon the struggles and suffering of selling out, to the celebratory last, "Mama's Chant," the track titles consistently allude to the passion embedded in the melodies and words. The album's highlights -- "Baby," "Fighting for My Love," and "Vida Mas Simple" -- each distinctly explore love and liberation. Lara's incorporation of the Cuban three-toned tres guitar, the cuatro (a small, Venezuelan four-stringed instrument), the electric guitar, and various percussion instruments -- congas, chants, beads, and a pandeiro -- enhances his music's originality and eclecticism sprung from Cuban roots. Whether or not listeners comprehend Spanish is irrelevant; Lara's style is compelling and understandable in any language. [Considering that Nil Lara includes four of the seven tracks off My First Child, and three of four off his EP The Monkey, fans might opt for obtaining this release over the previous two.]

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/1996
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724383160327
catalogNumber:
31603

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Performance Credits

Nil Lara   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Tamboura,Hand Clapping,Pandeiro,Chekere,Shaker,Tres,cuatro,national steel guitar,Guitorgan
Florencio Baro   Conga,Vocals,Chant,Changgo
Weiselande Cesar   Background Vocals
Elizabeth Gatbelza   Background Vocals
David Goodstein   Drums,Tambourine,Tamboura,Shaker
Alfredo Lugo   Okonkolo
Phil McArthur   Bass,Violin,Stick
Albert Sterling Menendez   Percussion,Claves,Shaker
Gustavo Moller   Chekere
Ricardo Suarez   Bass
William Varela   omele
Marc Vee   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,national steel guitar
Andrew Yeomanson   Guitar,Drums,Cabasa,Tres,Junkanoo

Technical Credits

Mark Gruber   Engineer
Susan Rogers   Producer,Engineer
Keith Rose   Engineer
Nil Lara   Producer,Contributor
Lazaro Alfonso   Contributor
Bata Players   Contributor
Albert Sterling Menendez   Producer,Contributor
Marc Vee   Contributor
Andrew Yeomanson   Contributor

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