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Emigrante

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ORISHAS EMIGRANTE

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Next to the Buena Vista Social Club, France-based Cuban rappers Ruzzo, Yotuel, Flaco-Pro, and Roldan--a.k.a. the Orishas--were quite recently the hottest musical export from that forbidden island to hit these shores in years. Now, riding on the heels of their international debut A lo Cubano, Emigrant continues the group's soulful syncretism of African-American rap and Afro-Cuban percussion and musical genres. The combo, which is now a trio, adds its patented conga-coded syncopations to the bling-bling hip-hop beats, especially on the synth-trenched "Que Pasa?" (What's Happenin'?) the horn-driven "Ninos" (Children), and "Habana" (Havana). Make no mistake, this CD can bounce alongside any tracks performed by stateside Latino superstars, from Fat Joe to Big Pun. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • ASIN: B000068FVH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Adam Delu on May 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is more rap-based, and less afro-cuban-roots-based music than you might have heard in "A Lo Cubano." It also incorporates some of the influences that will inevitably combine with Orishas as a result of their living in Paris.
This in no way pollutes the music, but instead adds depth and worldliness to it.
Emigrante is a bit harder, similar in some ways to the lyrical style of Control Machete, but still with the cuban harmonies and melodies that make this band accessible to many. I recommend it, but ease your way into it with A Lo Cubano if you haven't already. I share Orishas with whomever I can find.
The price is fair for an import, though a US version is bound to make its way over here, right?
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orishas comes back with another amazing record!! this cd had me completely hooked!! as if "a lo cubano" wasn't amazing enough, the guys from orishas come back with a bang. even without flaco-pro, who had some serious skills. he left the group about 4 shows into a tour because his brother got in with some bad people in miami. he was killed, and flaco-pro turned to booze. but be on the look out for flaco, because word is he's still writing and collaborating and recording...

anyway, i can't wait til "el kilo," their third cd drops march 29th. i saw a video online of "naci orishas" (the first single) online and it's incredible!!
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For the past 2 years, the Paris based Cuban rap group have been ripping up world wide air waves. On "Emigrante," Orishas continue their successful rap/salsa/son/guancaco mix, creating yet another classic album. Many tracks shine through on their eclectic mix of music. "La Vida Pasa," a most impressive salsa/rap mix, incorporates traditional Cuban percussion with electronic drums and a mezmorizing piano line. Altogether, the album is both upbeat and mello at times, excentuating the talents of the threesome that now makes up the group. If you liked "A Lo Cubano," you'll not be dissapointed with "Emigrante." A solid, and invigorating album all around.
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Orishas are unique! This new album is just more melodic and their talents stays intact. I do believe they can do better than this, there hasn't been another latin group in history who's albums have gone gold in three diferent countries, I don't think any other spanish-speaking rap group or solo artist can do what they do, besides they they are multilingual: Spanish, French and Yoruba, tell me, who has ever gone this far? Nobody!
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The problem with sophmore efforts is the expectations to meet or exceed the first release. Although "Emigrante," the second release by Orishas is not as good as their first "A lo Cubano " but it is nonetheless a solid effort and stands on it's own merits. In baseball terms this would be a triple.Some of the fiery rap influence is missing but the sweet harmonies more than compensate. This is not to say that the rap style is gone it is just toned down . Orishas lyrics are diverse but emphasize their ethnicity, always reflecting el Cubano and it's culture. Curiously only five songs have accompanying lyrics in the booklet and it is even missing the title track! Make no doubt that when Orishas sings about "arroz con frijoles y un buche cafe" the salsa beat will have you wanting to dance. The musical programming mixes nicely with the live horns, keyoards and naturally percussion. There are several standout tracks including "Ninos" where tribute is paid to the children of Orishas members and their influence, "luz" and inspiration. The opening track "Que Pasa" is classic Orishas that talks about what is going on in "mi barrio." "300 Kilos," featuring Yuri Buenaventura is excelent and in a more typical Cubano vein although the chorus and rap by Orishas give it a fluctuating traditional modern sound. The result is an excelent mix. Another track that has a guest is "Ausencia' that starts out mellow with acoustic guitar followed by the unmistakeable sound of Orishas. The political "Desaparecidos" brings to light the ugly reality of missing people for their stances in countries that do not tolerate dissent. All in all this is a very good disc for your summer listening in the shade of the flowing palm trees in the breeze or cruising with the top down. Recommended for fans of Cuban music with a dash of rap a lo estilo Orishas.
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ok if you have heard the first Orishas album and loved it, then you will love this one. simple as that. the style is fantastic and they manage to keep the sound fresh. this album also seems to be a little more from the souls of the artists than the previous one was. i would not hesitate to recommend this album to anyone, it makes US/UK commercial hip-hop/ urban music sound extremely manufactured and repetitive. I have seen these guys live, and then attended an after-party with them, they are all extremely talented and have a genuine love for the music, i think that this comes out through the recording, and makes it that much better. If you don't like this album, it is probably because your stero is not good enough to experience it.
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First of all, I am a huge rap and hip hop fan. I own albums from just about every rapper out there. Orishas first album "A lo Cubano" is one of my favorite rap albums of all time. "Emigrante" is a good encore for them but they clearly miss Flaco-Pro who in my opinion was by far their best flower and rhyme spitter. Apparently he had a falling out with the rest of them. He is the reason that their first album was so good. Without him, it seems that they got away from rap and went into more hip hop which is fine. Emigrante is good, but Orishas badly misses Flaco-Pro.
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