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Twilight Dance Series Features African, Cuban Sounds

By Lookout Staff

July 19 -- Concertgoers will be treated to the rhythmic sounds of Africa and Cuba Thursday evening, as two singers known for their vocal styles share the stage at the Twilight Dance series on the pier.

One of the legendary figures in African music, Samba Mapangala has been a dominant force in East African music since the mid-1970s, with an astounding voice that has been described as melting in the ears.

With his band Virunga, named for a volcanic mountain range in Central Africa, Samba recorded the now famous Malako recordings in Nairobi, which became one of the pioneering releases of the newly emerging world music scene in Europe in the mid-1980s and an instant favorite.

The sound -- an innovative mix of the best rumba and soukous from Congo, with the earthier Kenyan style -- is lean with complex, interlocking guitar lines; rapid-fire bass; light, fast-paced percussion; and horn and sax overlays.

Sharing the stage will be José Conde, who has been on the forefront of the Cuban roots music scene that emerged in New York in early 2000. A prolific and inventive singer, songwriter and composer, Conde's debut cd with his band Ola Fresca, titled “Ay! Que Rico,” is garnering the group both attention and respect.

Self produced and released in June ‘04 on his own PiPiKi Records label, the album has been praised as "innovative, highly danceable, pleasantly cerebral" (Ed Morales-New York Newsday), the band as "superb" (descarga.com), and the songs "sung by Conde with the natural grace of the best soneros with a touch of contemporary elegance" (Miguel Sirgado-El Nuevo Herald)

AY! QUE RICO serves up a spirited celebration in rhythm and song which smoothly and subtly depart from traditional Cuban music at times incorporating contemporary elements from funk, jazz and electronic fusion.







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