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Bana Congo

  • 1. Bana Congo
    2. Kin Havane
    3. Limpia Mi Son
    4. Combinacin de Soneros
    5. Juliana
    6. Molimo
    7. Homenaje a Isaac Oviedo
    8. No Te Doy Na
    9. M Bonge
    10. Oye; Sabroso Son
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 107

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Papa Noel (vocals, guitar); Papi Oviedo (tres).
    Producers: Jorge Machado Duran, Papa Noel, Basil Anderson.
    Engineers: Alejandro Silva Fayat, Laurent D'Eu.
    Recorded at Sonocaribe, Havana, Cuba; Marcadet Studio, Paris, France.
    Personnel: Papa Noel (vocals); Wuta Mayi, Cristina Azcuy Garca, Crispn Daz Hernndez, Nyboma Laurent (vocals); Carlos Caldern Milans (guitar); Papi Oviedo (tres); Raudel, Marzal Torres (trumpet); Ivan Suarez , Vincent Hamamdjian (double bass); Juan Bautista Snchez Garca, Noelio Camacho Rodrguez (congas); Jorge Luis Argelles (bata).
    Liner Note Author: Nigel Williamson.
    Recording information: Sonocaribe Studios, Havana, Cuba; Studio Marcadet, Paris, France.
    Photographer: Mo Fini.
    Arrangers: Andrs Sosa Rev; Gregorio Ricardo Martnez; Nedule "Papa Noel" Monswet; Angel Felix Borrero Rojas.
    There's always been a strong link between Cuban music and Congolese rhumba -- over the years the two have influenced each other in countless ways. African guitarist Papa Noel was always one of the more Cuban-leaning of the rhumba virtuosos, which makes this pairing with Cuba's Papa Oviedo a perfectly natural mix. Not only does it show the similarities between West Africa and Afro-Cuban music, but it showcases two scintillating players and singers, whether on the gorgeous ballad "Juliana" (which slips effortlessly in double time at the end) or the swinging "Oye; Sabroso Son." It's more about the connections than the differences and the complex polyrhythms at the heart of the music -- just try keeping time to "Molimo," for example. The guitar work, though understated, is spectacular in its taste and economy; the vocals are gloriously laid-back but soulful; and the arrangements are careful to let the stars shine. All in all it's a thing of beauty, with every single second a pure joy. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.75) - Ranked #5 in Mojo's "Best World Albums of 2002"
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