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Please like our facebook page! Already Like it! No, Thanks! Feedback fb tw gp vk. They are considered one of the most significant bands in Guinean music.
Many of their recordings are based on Bembeya Jazz National Bembeya Jazz National folk music in the country and have been fused with jazz and Afropop style. Featuring guitarist Sekou 'Diamond Fingers' Diabate, who grew up Bembeya Jazz National Bembeya Jazz National a traditional griot musical family, the band won over fans in Conakry, Guinea's capital city, during the heady days of that country's newfound Back East Day By Day. This is the perfect record to get your collection of Bembeya Jazz, and by extension, modern Mande swing music, started.
These players listened to contemporary Cuban rumbas as well as Motown and funk, and drew from both, adding the rumba rhythms and funky orchestrations to a stew of subregional traditional music that featured long vocal lines, call-and-response techniques, and eloquent lyrics that drew from a long tradition Various Workshop 10 using music for moral instruction.
But to describe Bembeya Jazz National in those dry terms hardly gets to the meat of the situation. This music swings like Count Basie in his prime, and takes all the tricks out of James Brown's bag and applies them to the rumba. Piero Umiliani The Man And The City Bembeya Jazz National Bembeya Jazz National beautiful sound. Demba Camara, the amazing vocalist, starts singing the verses, with the horns answering each line, and the guitarist Bembeya Jazz National Bembeya Jazz National in obligatos everywhere.
You can just imagine a crowd of sweaty, dapper Guineans bopping away at one of those open-air nightclubs in Conakry, the Paris of West Africa. As the guitar sets the rhythm with a hypnotic lick repeating over and over again, the trumpet, then tenor sax take tasty solos.
That bleeds into the whole horn section playing in unison, then Demba Camara starts singing again in this amazing, hortatory call-and-response with the backup singers and the horn section, like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti in Mandeng language. It keeps brewing, until a sudden disco-type break, then the djembe drum leaps in for a mind-blowing solo, with the vocalist shouting alongside and the trap drums keeping time with the brushes.
At the climactic moment, the horns hop back in and restate the theme, with the guitar lick in the background. Of course, that's not enough! Demba Camara comes back in and starts singing again, while the guitar and drums settle down into a kind of sedate rumba. He takes a break while the guitar unleashes a soulful, keening single-note solo, while the rhythm guitar comps behind.
It ends on a sudden shout, then silence, as the dancers wipe their brows and go get a lemonade. A lot of the best tracks on this record, such as "Armee Guineenne," "N'Borin," and "Moussogbe" are also featured on Bembeya Jazz's "Hommage A Demba Camara" and the compilation "Syliphone 40eme Anniversaire," so if you have either one of those amazing records, you may have some duplication.
This one is worth the additional purchase, however, because it comes with a discography and nice explanation of where the group came from and where it fit into the overall politico-cultural situation at the time. For those of you just starting your collections, however, this 2-cd set includes enough booty-moving, earth-rattling Bembeya Jazz National Bembeya Jazz National to get you hooked.
Guinea's Bembeya Jazz is, by any calculation, one of the greatest African bands of all time. They also are among the most influential, at least in Africa, since their popularity spread far beyond their Guinean borders.
This collection documents their greatest period during the s and s when they enjoyed the lavish if capricious patronage of the Guinean state. Like the wonderful Congolese bands of the same period, they had it all -- amazing, really amazing, guitar playing; mesmerizing singers; a scorching Bembeya Jazz National Bembeya Jazz National not always in tune brass section. Their sound is hypnotic, funky, swinging - Africa meets Cuba meets U.
While this set is of great historic interest, it also is a complete pleasure to hear. The music still sounds fresh and creative and the tinny recording quality evokes tropical nights, sea breezes, and perhaps one too many beers at an open-air bar. See all 4 customer reviews. Write a customer review.
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