New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 7, 2005–Central to the Afro-Latin phenomenon is Africando, who provide three songs on Afro-Latin Party, each with a different African lead singer. In the 1960s and 1970s, the biggest names in African music were performing Latin music, thanks to vinyl that came over from abroad.
It is not surprising to find Nuyorican José Mangual Jr. on the collection. His song, “Ritmo con Aché,” celebrates the African roots in Latino culture. Nor is it a shock to hear Chico Álvarez on the set. He sings “Cógele el Gusto,” a song made popular by Celia Cruz in the early 1960s. It was also one of the earliest tracks to use the word salsa to describe Afro-Cuban dance music.
Things get interesting when Ska Cubano’s “Babalu” rings through the sound system. With old school Cuban players and a young, stylish ska singer from South London, this band is sure to make waves as Americans hear more from them in the future.
Cubismo—whose presence on this album confirms the global reach of Afro-Latin music—is not only Croatia’s best salsa band, they pride themselves on being able to compete with the hottest groups out of New York or Havana.
Portland, Oregon’s Pepe and the Bottle Blondes deck themselves out with an updated 1950s kitsch mambo delivery.“Cuéntame Que Te Pasó”. Also Congo-born Ricardo Lemvo, who is equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kikongo. The CD is rounded out with a salsified Martinique classic performed by Martinique-born, Paris-based zouk Ronald Rubinel.
Even with all the geographic and era crisscrossing on the album, at its core Afro-Latin Party is still a dance record beckoning party-goers to traverse the planet while they navigate the dance-floor.
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