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African Rumba

by Putumayo Presents

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Africa meets Cuba on this non-stop celebration of Afro-Latin dance music. ¡Gózalo!

If you enjoyed Afro-Latin Party, you’ll love African Rumba. This collection will take you on a journey through 40 years of Latin-influenced African dance music. It’s a peek into the love affair between two extraordinary regions of the world. ¡Gózalo!

In the 1930’s, a Cuban song, “El Manicero” (The Peanut Vendor), became a world-wide hit, reaching even into the heart of Africa. The ensuing popularity of Latin music and dance styles like rumba, mambo and cha cha cha, which evolved in salsa, had a powerful effect of African music through the 1970’s.

In the opening track, “Aminata,” Africa and Cuba are reunited in the collaboration of Senegalese bassist and singer Alune Wade and Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa. Named after the legendary nightclub in Dakar, Senegal, Le Sahel next delivers tight Cuban-inspired grooves with cool, jazzy vocals on “Jammo.”

Fusing mainly Congolese rumba and soukouss with Cuban son and salsa, Congolese artist Ricardo Lemvo with his Makina Loca band, pick up the dance floor pace with “Tata Masamba.” Following is “Lonlon Vanvan” by Togolese songstress Afia Mala with Cuba’s legendary Orquesta Aragon, recorded in Havana.

Whether recorded 40 years ago or in the 21 st century, African Rumba highlights the long-standing love affair between Africans and Cuban music.


released October 28, 2016


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Putumayo World Music New Orleans, Louisiana

Putumayo travels the world in search of exceptional songs from Congo to Cuba, Rome to Rio, New Orleans to Nova Scotia. Putumayo’s meticulously researched and curated musical journeys are “guaranteed to make you feel good!”

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