Tag Archives: Afro-Cuban

SONG OF THE DAY Charles Lembe et Son Orchestra – Quiero Wapatcha

The wondrous fusion of West African and Latin never ceases to amaze me when it comes to Afro-Cuban sounds – the two (seemingly) different elements work so well together. Today’s song is a fine example of this harmonious union and … 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 Ray Fernandez – Soul Freedom

Ray & his Court are a family of musicians led by composer, arranger, organist and flutist, Ray Hernandez. Hailing from Miami, they were still playing together in the early 2000’s, more than 30 years after they emerged on on the … 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 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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SONG OF THE DAY Orchestra Baobab – Mouhamadou Bamba

Named after the religious leader, Mouhamadou Bamba, Africa Baobab released an album in his memory in 1980!  Now, almost forty years after its first release and in partnership with a rejuvinated Syllart Records, Sterns have reissued this album as a … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Nico Gomez And His Afro Percussion Inc. – Baila Chibiquiban

Today’s song is a sizzling scorcher that will surely get the blood boiling! Released in 1972, Baila Chibiquiban is a fiery Latin-Funk delight, infused with golden flames of Afro-Cuban soul and smouldering flickers of smooth Samba.  If, like me, you … Continue reading

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