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Where there's smoke there's fire! Lindas Africanas sung in Spanish by the Africando Allstars; Temedi sung in Soussou by Sékouba Bambino; Lote Lô sung in Wolof by Ismaël Lo; Abibou sung in Dioula by Amadou Balaké; Fouta Tooro sung in Pulaar by Medoune Diallo; Azo Nkplon sung in Fon by Gnonnas Pedro; Tiembela sung in Créole by Roger "Shoubou" Eugène; Dioumte sung in Wolof by Adama Seka; Abibou sung in Spanish by Joe King; Reference sung in Lingala by Nyboma & Emeneya; El Que Te Ama Siempre sung in Spanish by Ronnie Baro. Supported by the hottest Latin musicians in New York, directed by Maestro Boncana Maiga.
Martina, Africando's sixth studio album, continues the group's unique take on African and classic Cuban styles. The group hasn't dropped a beat and this album is a testimony to its staying power. This is helped by a continual injection of new talent built on a solid foundation of some of the best African, Latin, and Antillean musicians performing in the business. The album is a tribute to the eternal African woman and it's a potent homage that churns up the African-Latin musical waters quite a bit. Ismaël Lo's Lote Lô is a finely crafted ballad to a recently deceased friend. His voice brings another dimension to this already talent-packed super group. Congolese legends, Nyboma and Emeneya stir it up on Papa Wemba's Reference. The inimitable Gnonnas Pedro of Benin recreates his Azo Nkplon from the 1970s with gusto to spare. Tabou Combo's Shoubou turns in a fine mid-tempo exhortation to all the youth of the world. Senegal's Seka pushes it higher with his Dioumte replete with fiery keyboard work. A better tribute to Mama Africa would be difficult to find. Africando does it with an enormously gifted cast of musicians. At one time or another, there are over 45 musicians on Martina and there's no stopping them. This is highly recommended.
Mark Romano, All Music Guide