MP3 Quimbombó - Conga Eléctrica
While strongly rooted in the traditional son style, this album incorporates non-traditional elements such as electric guitar and a Brazilian-style bateria (drum section) to create an energetic new sound.
10 MP3 Songs in this album (54:35) !
Related styles: LATIN: Cuban, LATIN: Son
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Conga Electrica is a diverse album with five new songs and five songs chosen from Cubaâ€™s rich musical history. Its textures range from that of an intimate trio playing a â€śsambafiedâ€ť bolero (AĂ±orado Encuentro) to a â€śtransientâ€ť take on Cuban carnival music with guitar hero Octavio Kotanâ€™s pulsating riffs and Brazilian-style call and response drum breaks (the title track). The key innovation on this album is the integration, on four tracks, of â€śBloco QuimbombĂł,â€ť a Brazilian-style bateria or drum section. What the bateria does here is to add a dense layer of street drumming to the Cuban grooveâ€”beats tailor-made for each song by musical director and producer Nick Herman.
The album features the powerful callejero (streetwise) voice of Grammy-nominated Havana native David Oquendo, full of spontaneity and humor. Oquendo was likewise deeply involved in the bandâ€™s debut release, QuimbombĂł. Making his debut recording here as a lead singer is Igor Arias BarĂł, a young Cuban well known in New York for his energetic imporovising in the hard hitting timba style.
"Itâ€™s hard not to hope the electric experiment keeps on going. Highly Recommended."
--Peter Watrous, (former NY Times Critic), writing for Descarga Review
"This new set from this hard charging New York
based/world oriented crew will blow your ears wide open.
A savory gumbo that keep the caliente muy... "
"...rambunctious...Within the musical context of QuimbombĂł,
we''ve grown accustomed to authenticity.
In a very modern setting, that''s what we got. "
--Nestor Louis, https://www.tradebit.com
Album Cover Art: â€śMaracatu da Zona da Mataâ€ť by Marcio Melo