Category Archives: Afro Cuban

SONG OF THE DAY Sonora Dinamita – Eco en Stereo

Ahhhh…..this is so good!! Recently, I’ve been trying to get a copy of the LP  that today’s song comes from, but its not looking too easy and there are definitely no copies in the UK! I will find one though!! … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Tak Shindo ‎- Mombasa Love Song

Born in America in 1922, Takeshi “Tak” Shindo was a Japanese American musician, composer and arranger best known for his prominence in the world of exotica music. Active throughout the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, his main instruments were the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Geno Exilie – Lan Mise

Founded in London in 1999, Strut Records have become one of the leading labels for reissue, compilations and new studio albums all gathered from the field of African, Caribbean, Latin, jazz, soul and disco. In the early days they were … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Nico Gomez – El Condor Pasa

One of my all-time favourite pieces of music is the stunning El Cóndor Pasa (“The Condor Passes”). Most of us will probably know it from Simon & Garfunkel’s very gorgeous 1970 rendition, which featured on their Bridge Over Troubled Water LP, … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Orchestre de la Paillote – Kankan-Yarabi

Today’s slice of Afro-Cuban dreaminess was originally recorded in 1968 and featured on Volume 1 of only two album’s that were released by in the late 60’s. The band behind this graceful Latin infusion were a Guinean group, Orchestre de … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Melodica Teens Band – Mwekuru Muthao

Issued on Kenyan label, Melodica Records, today’s rarity featured on the b-side to a single entitled, Kigaru No. 2.  The Melodica Teens Band released a handful of singles and EP’s throughout the early 70’s, but I can’t tell you much more … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Okuté – Quiere La Rumba

Exploring the paths and avenues that entwine the sounds of Cuban rumba and West African music, Okuté are an ensemble from Havana, Cuba who, to quote their bio, are “putting the spotlight on the sound of 1960s Cuba with a … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Amara Touré – Cubano

Guinean born singer and percussionist Amara Touré made and released music for nearly two decades and in that time he perfected the art of merging two styles of music. Recognising a connection between the sounds of Africa and Cuba, he … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Les Vikings de la Guadeloupe – Magdalena

Known as Guadeloupe’s “first true rock stars”, The Vikings vibrant sounds spanned over an impressive five decades!  Fusing funk, Creole jazz, reggae, Cadence-lypso, Konpa, Merengue, Guadeloupean Gwoka and Biguine, their modern Creole soundscapes are said to have influenced and birthed … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Sabu Martinez – My Christina

Oh me oh my!! This is sublime!!! Listen to those heavenly tumbling rhythms as they gracefully cascade over that sinuous flute melody, rolling out into a body of primeval groove! This heady treat has bewitched me with its hypnotic incantation … Continue reading

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