Sao Salvador

Sao Salvador

by Ricardo Lemvo
     
 
Rumba, soukous, and son filled his home day and night, firing the young Ricardo Lemvo's imagination. Near his house in Kinshasa stood a beer garden from which blared the sounds of Cuba alongside those of Congo. Years later, those sounds can still be heard, with a healthy dose of American soul and funk, in the music of the African-born, Los

Overview

Rumba, soukous, and son filled his home day and night, firing the young Ricardo Lemvo's imagination. Near his house in Kinshasa stood a beer garden from which blared the sounds of Cuba alongside those of Congo. Years later, those sounds can still be heard, with a healthy dose of American soul and funk, in the music of the African-born, Los Angeles-residing Lemvo and his hybrid band, Makina Loca. SÃO SALVADOR revels in the rhythms that provided the soundtrack to his childhood while adeptly continuing Lemvo's quest to bring Afro-Latin music back to its roots in the motherland. Whether singing in French, Portuguese, Lingala (his native tongue), or Spanish, mixing it up (on the funky multilingual rap "Nganga Kisi," or the fiery son "Capuillito de Aleli") or slowing it down (on the laid-back rumba "Ave Maria [Por Dios]"), Lemvo enjoys himself immensely. The charismatic bandleader has even come up with a perfect wedding song: "Boom Boom Tarará" features a soca beat dallying playfully with rumba, and the chorus is easy to learn ("boom, boom, ta-ra-ra, ay"). That Hot Hot Hot enough for you?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Short of Ruben Blades, you won't find a more risk-taking salsa vocalist than Richard Lemvo, who is a superb salsero, but hardly a typical one. While many other salseros are Cuban or Puerto Rican, Lemvo grew up in Kinshasa in the Congo. And while other salseros sing in Spanish exclusively, Lemvo can also sing in Portuguese or Lingala (a language that's spoken in the Congo). São Salvador is the second album that Lemvo recorded in Los Angeles (his adopted home) with his band Makina Loca. This is primarily a salsa CD, but it's a salsa CD that incorporates elements of soukous and African pop as well as funk/soul. Most of the lyrics are in Spanish, although Lemvo sings convincingly in Portuguese on the title song (a poignant ballad) and embraces both Spanish and Lingala lyrics on "Ave María (Por Dios)" and "Le Rendez-vous." Full of surprises, São Salvador is happily recommended to anyone who is seeking something fresh and expansive from salsa and Afro-Cuban music.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Putumayo World Music
UPC:
0790248015828
catalogNumber:
158

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricardo Lemvo   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tony Lujan   Trumpet
Andre Dupuis   Conga
Aaron Gross   Bata
David Grott   Trombone
Eduardo Marquez   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Carlos Puerto   Bass
Eddie Resto   Bass
Mike Turre   Saxophone
Bopol Mansiamina   Bass,Guitar
Martin Flores   Snare Drums,Bata,Cajon
Jason Hann   Bata Drums
Andy Abad   Guitar
Enrique Martinez   Accordion
Serge Kasimoff   Piano
Jason Hannan   Bata

Technical Credits

Franz Schubert   Composer
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Bobby Ginsburg   Engineer

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