Rapa Pan Pan

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All Music Guide - Don Snowden
The Panamanian dancehall DJ shakes up his musical approach again here, but strangely seems to be going back to the music from whence his rapid-fire vocal flow came. "Poema II," "Lambón," and "Qué Linda!" are straight-up, skanking ragga tracks with guitar sneaking in for occasional adornments to an electronic sound based on keyboards including bass, percussion, and vocals. "Samba Hey" ventures into different territory -- the samba means Brazilian samba school and it's hard to argue with the power of the drums, a simple repeated chorus, and the Latin undertow and chorus that veer close to "Tequila." The title track is a capsule bio of his life and career with an electronic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Don Snowden
The Panamanian dancehall DJ shakes up his musical approach again here, but strangely seems to be going back to the music from whence his rapid-fire vocal flow came. "Poema II," "Lambón," and "Qué Linda!" are straight-up, skanking ragga tracks with guitar sneaking in for occasional adornments to an electronic sound based on keyboards including bass, percussion, and vocals. "Samba Hey" ventures into different territory -- the samba means Brazilian samba school and it's hard to argue with the power of the drums, a simple repeated chorus, and the Latin undertow and chorus that veer close to "Tequila." The title track is a capsule bio of his life and career with an electronic arrangement, while "La Medicina" gets a nice groove working topped by vocal harmonies. "Una Fiesta" is carried by Anayka melodically before El General chips in to make his points, and the "Poema II" duet with her is pure ragga groove with horn commentaries and lyrics dealing with the plight of homeless street kids. But the other Jamaican tracks work by virtue of familiarity more than anything, and the rest of Rapa Pan Pan is pretty spotty. "Adam's Fiesta," one of two remakes of "Noche de Fiesta" from Clubb 555, heads for the four-on-the-floor dancefloor drums before techno-keyboarding into a vocal breakdown. The second, "Sama Power Fiesta," is even more techno-oriented and even less interesting, with static rhythms and sirens going off. You never doubt that El General is working hard to vary his music and more than likely introducing part of his audience to new sounds and ideas, but he also seems to be losing something as he grows more conscious of song techniques. "El Clavo" may hold the key to the disc as a whole -- it has its moments and you get the impression El General is doing exactly what he wants with the sound, but it doesn't hook you enough to escape the lightweight zone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Rca Intl
  • UPC: 743214668146
  • Catalog Number: 46681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rapa Pan Pan (3:41)
  2. 2 El Clave - Anayka & Elisa Ward (4:02)
  3. 3 Samba Hey (4:05)
  4. 4 Una Fiesta (3:43)
  5. 5 La Medicina (3:34)
  6. 6 Poema II (3:51)
  7. 7 Pata Pata Bum Bum (3:54)
  8. 8 Lambón (3:47)
  9. 9 Qué Linda! (3:52)
  10. 10 Adam's Fiesta (Noche de Fiesta) (4:24)
  11. 11 Sama Power Fiesta (Noche de Fiesta) (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
El General Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Coros
Marty Kersich Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Halliburton Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Coros
Hector Perez Conga
Mark Dannat Guitar
Diego Gutman Keyboards, Background Vocals, Coros
Alberto Gittens Background Vocals, Coros
Alexander "Pocho Pan" Lan Background Vocals, Coros
Peter Tulloch Bajo Sexto
Anayka Background Vocals, Voices, Coros, Segundo
César Ferreyra Conga
Judith Cortes Vestuario
Anthony Eugene Bland Keyboards
Cecilia Cortés Vestuario
Elisa Ward Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Coros, Peinado
Juan Pantojas Conga, Timbales, Claves
Fani Neira Background Vocals, Coros
Nelly Neira Background Vocals, Coros
Mitchael Pineda Rajo Background Vocals, Coros
Evelyn Rivera Background Vocals, Coros
Rodolfo Ward Background Vocals, Coros
Technical Credits
El General Composer, Director, Producer, drum programming
Felix Sama Producer, Remixing
Dennis Halliburton Producer, Engineer, drum programming
John Matousek Mastering
Mark Dannat Engineer
Tootie Wayne Engineer
Diego Gutman Producer, drum programming
Albert "Adam" Camara Producer, Remixing
Marcelo Rey Executive Producer
McClendon Contributor
César Ferreyra Contributor
Egardo Franco Producer
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