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On Gombo Salsa, Africando moves into even higher and hotter musical territory. The band continues to polish its radiant mixture of classic mambos, sones, boleros, and cha-chas. However, on this album listeners do not hear the voice of Pape Seck. He died unexpectedly in 1995 before the release of their second album. His raspy, gritty voice will never be forgotten by all music lovers the world over. His phrasing and timing, combined with an earthy, sensual feel, place him among the immortals. With his irreplaceable loss, Africando decided to employ other great soneros from Africa and Cuba.
"Dagamasi," sung by sonero Gnonnas Pedro; "Grog Moin," a fine, smooth cha-cha by Tabou Combo's Shoubou; and the appearance of the great Congolese legend Tabu Ley Rochereau make this album an instant classic. Through Ibrahim Sylla and Boncana Maiga's artistry, this effort is another jewel in Africando's crown. The simplicity, style, and passionate musicality present here put the group in a class of its own. Highly recommended. ~ Mark Romano
Recording information: Studio 440, N.Y.C., NY; Studio 440, New-York.
Photographer: Alex Pazuello.
Arranger: Boncana Maïga.
Personnel: Roger "Shoubou" Eugène, Sekouba Diabate, Medoune Diallo, Nicholas Menheim, Gnonnas Pedro, Ronnie Baró, Rudy Calzado, Tabu Ley Rochereau (vocals); Luis Rosa Rodriguez, Dr. Luis Rodriguez (tres); Dave Rimelis (violin); Eddie Zervigon, José Fajardo (flute); Mario Rivera (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Héctor "Bomberito" Zarzuela (trumpet); Leopoldo Pineda, Luis Carlos Ferreira Lopes (trombone); Oscar Hernandez (piano); Papo Pepin (congas); Bobby Allende (bongos); Pete Gomez (guiro, maracas); Chino Nuñez, Pablo "Chino" Nuñez (timbales).
4 Musica en Verite
5 Grog Moin
8 Colombia, Mi Corazon