Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
Congolese rumba-master Lemvo gives us another churning mix of soukous, rumba, salsa, and son on his third release. The sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic are spread out over sparkling soukous guitar and rumba bass. Lemvo's casual vocal delivery belies the meaty party grooves laid down by Makina Loca. The horns are, as usual, as juicy as can be, the percussion crisp and driving.
He brings the party spirit to a lull just once, with the title track. It's a quiet ballad, accompanied by only acoustic guitar, accordion, and soft percussion. This unassuming song, based on historical fact, ties the rest of this fine release together. - Peggy Latkovich
Audio: "Dans Le Foret" written by Ricardo Lemvo, published by Mopiato Music
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