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Plena Libre
Plena Libre
Plena Libre
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop, Rock, Latin Music
 
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The plena--a Puerto Rican style of folk music with strong African roots--is often compared to calypso because of its driving beat and lyrics that deal with the political realities of the working class. The form is extremel...  more »

      
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All Artists: Plena Libre
Title: Plena Libre
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Label: Ryko Latino
Original Release Date: 9/29/1998
Release Date: 9/29/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop, Rock, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Puerto Rico, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 645211100622, 645211100646

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The plena--a Puerto Rican style of folk music with strong African roots--is often compared to calypso because of its driving beat and lyrics that deal with the political realities of the working class. The form is extremely popular in Puerto Rico, although almost unknown elsewhere. Plena Libre was created by bass player Gary Nuñez and singer Giovanni Lugo, Puerto Rican musicians who wanted to take the plena international. To this end, they added a brass section to the traditional lineup of hand drums, guitars, and quintos, and while this gives the music a slightly "salsa-fied" feeling, you won't mistake its complicated rhythms and impassioned call and response vocals for salsa romántica. The drummers work at least three rhythmic lines into every tune, and when the singers add a staccato vocal pattern to the mix, as they do on "Tumbalakatin" and "Carnival," it's impossible to stay in your seat. --j. poet
 

CD Reviews

PLENA LIBRE: ORGULLO BORICUA!!!
ALEK LAUREANO | New Berlin, Wisconsin - USA | 09/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Plena Libre es uno de los maximos orgullos de Puerto Rico. Han sabido llevar la Plena, musica tipica de Puerto Rico, atravez de todo el mundo. Este disco, al igual que todos los discos de Plena Libre, es excelente. Cuando lo escuches no podras dejar de bailar con este pagajoso ritmo tropical. Los mejores temas del disco son: "Bembe De Plena", "El Beso Y La Flor" y "Plena Conciencia". Mucho exito para Plena Libre."
Fuera de liga !!!
ALEK LAUREANO | 03/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Todos los títulos en este CD son de primera clase, especialmente el número 6)Boricuas. Buena música para todo el año. Disfrútalo !!!"