Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ricardo Lemvo, Makina Loca|
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Congo-born Ricardo Lemvo and his super-sexy red-hot multiracial band Makina Loca smoke! Taking Afro-pop to an all new high, Lemvo and crew have been said to be the future of salsa, and don't you know it's true! For 10 year... more »
Congo-born Ricardo Lemvo and his super-sexy red-hot multiracial band Makina Loca smoke! Taking Afro-pop to an all new high, Lemvo and crew have been said to be the future of salsa, and don't you know it's true! For 10 years these fellows have been bringing down the house in their home base of Los Angeles and on the world's most popular Spanish-speaking television variety show, Sabado Gigante, as well as points from D.C.'s Kennedy Center to San Francisco's Great American Music Hall. Swinging as hard as a John Henry-wielded hammer, as tight as a pair of Levi's in 1978, and with as much sass as any redheaded debutante, Lemvo's third release, São Salvador, kicks the band's signature blend of soukous, rumba, and son into high gear, outshining even 1998's critically acclaimed Mambo Yo Yo. The funk infusion of "Nganga Kisi" recalls the Cuban and American soul invasion of Lemvo's native Kinshasa; the political title track borrows from the mournful Portuguese ballad tradition; and "Si Tu No Sabes," featuring a blaring horn section, blends soukous with merengue. People, get ready! --Paige La Grone
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have lived in Africa for 10 years, used to live in Colombia and continue to visit Latin America regularly. I like many types of Latin and African music and have a reasonable collection of both. I find this CD brilliant, joyful, uplifting. A beautiful blend of distinct Afro-Cubano music. We first learned of Ricardo Lemvo from a music video of Mambo YoYo on local television, but we think this is the better of his two albums. (Mambo YoYo is only very very good!) We bought this while in the States and played it endlessly during countless hours of driving. I can't remember doing that before! And we continue to love it. Of course, musical taste for most of us is extremely subjective, but, for us, this album is a real winner from start to finish."
Baila! pumping afropop beats.
Virginia Hawthorne | Baltimore, MD United States | 03/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, maybe I'm biased. I had the good fortune to be in Chicago during my birthday weekend at the end of Septmeber, and my mother and I had just come back from a insanely good dinner, and we had a mesmerizing view of Lake Michigan from our room at the Congress. We opened the windows and heard energetic Caribbean music wafting into our room. Thankfully we decided to go check it out, and there was Makina Loca. This joyful music under the moon bathing Lake Michigan was almost a religious experience. Even my six and a half month pregnant mother could not help attempting a salsa. Makina Loca's music, a magical upbeat blend of all kinds of influences, from African to funk to, of course, salsa, was the foremost thing that stayed with me from turning a spry eighteen. The whole album is well-suited for working out, which I actually tried out tonight. Of particular favor for me is the title song "Sao Salvador" and "Si Tu No Sabes (No Te Metas)." The liner notes are translated into different languages and include an essay on Makina Loca echoing the praises I have tried to sing here. I think in that essay the writer says that if you are not moved to dance by Makina Loca, you don't have a soul. Or something to that effect. Truly joyful and physical rhythm blended nicely with Lemvo's hearty voice."
A Long time fan finds another treasure for her CD
Dawn A. Rouse Baker | Montreal, QC, CA | 04/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, let me start out by saying that from the moment I pressed play on the CD player, my 2 year old began to dance madly about the house. Usually, that indicates a great CD.I was so very fortunate to see Ricardo and Makina Loca a few years ago when they played the Montreal Jazz festival and may I say that it was one of the most mesmerizing and fabulous performances I have witnessed. The music, the singer and the dancers at their feet melded into one hot, grooving force. My husband and I stayed until the bitter end and we all screamed out for more!I then rushed to buy their self released "Tata Masamba " and not a week goes by that I don't play one of my 3 Makina Loca CD's. This 3rd CD does not disappoint - all that there is to love about Makina Loca is back in force ( and Ricardo even does a little English speaking on this one!) If you like the Afro-Cuabn All Stars, or teh Buena Vista Social Club, give this a try. If you are new to Afro Cuban Music, you won't believe how good music can be until you are dancing around your house to Makina Loca. and for god's sake -- if they play near you GO SEE THEM and bring lots of water cause you'll need it!"