La Semilla Escondida

La Semilla Escondida

by Sergent Garcia

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La Semilla Escondida

When his band of border-crossing hooligans burst onto the Parisian music scene in the mid-'90s, Bruno "Sergent" Garcia was little more than a poor man's Mano Negra: Latin breaks, speed-freak ska, nasal ragamuffin rhymes in Spanish and French, vaguely revolutionary agitprop. But in the intervening years, two things happened: Mano Negra broke up, and Garcia's band got really, really good. Their fourth album (only one other has been released in the U.S., 1999's Un Poquito Quema'o), La Semilla Escondida takes the gang to the two poles of the Sergent Garcia sound, Jamaica and Cuba, to record with some veterans and soak up the local flavor. The Jamaican sojourn doesn't add anything particularly novel to the Sarge's '80s-style dub -- neither keyboardist Tyrone Downey of the Wailers nor the Fire House Crew seem to have challenged Garcia's vision with anything contemporary -- but the music recorded in Cuba shows real maturity. The album kicks in with the burbling funk of timba, the most contemporary Cuban rhythm, betraying the influence on these Frenchmen of Los Van Van and Bamboleo. "El Regreso" is a muscular cha-cha-chá, while "Herencia Africana," obviously enough, begins with sacred batá drumming and settles into a brassy rumba, all the while extolling the African roots of Latin music. Here Garcia's cry "La clave soy yo" (I'm the Latin beat) rings a little hollow, because musically, he's the weakest link in his band, being merely adequate as singer, rapper, and lyricist. But of course, as visionary and fan, Garcia's energy powers this entire globe-trotting, genre-busting enterprise; like the Beastie Boys, he's a living advertisement for his musical vision. Maybe that enthusiasm is what makes La Semilla such a great party album -- it's hard to resist a pitchman this committed, especially when the grooves are this infectious.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2004
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724359835624
catalogNumber: 98356

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sergent Garcia   Primary Artist
Paul Crosdale   Guitar
Donald Dennis   Bass
Tyrone Downie   Keyboards,Musician
Balbino   Guitar,Background Vocals
Rohan Dwyer   Musician
Tanya Stephens   Vocals
Alphanso Craig   Percussion,Musician
Bruno Garcia   Musician
Sylvain Taillet   Musician
David Aubaile   Flute
Julien "El Presi" Charlet   Drums
Juan Francisco Darroman Castellano   Tres
François Coplin   Percussion
Alexander Ferrer DelValle   Piano,Keyboards
Dorelgis Renes Despaignes   Trombone
Ivan Cribe Ferrer   Bass
Alberto Castellanos Figueroa   Conga
Kemmuel "Rahorne" Foster   Vocals
Arnaldo Gonzalez Garcia   Trombone
Pedro Enrique Montero Lopez   Drums
Juan Bauste Gramda   Percussion,Quinto
Hector "Mr Caramelo" Guilbeaux   Background Vocals
Roberto Gomez "El Duende" Guilbeaux   Background Vocals
Magda Rafaela Garcia Guzman   Background Vocals
Silvio Bell Hechavarria   Percussion

Technical Credits

Tyrone Downie   Producer
Tanya Stephens   Composer
Bruno Garcia   Composer,Producer
Sylvain Taillet   Executive Producer
Hector Gomez Guilbeaux   Composer
Ivan Cribe   Arranger,Brass Arrangment
Marco Damble   Engineer
Alexander Ferrer   Arranger

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