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Putumayo Presents Afro-Latino

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B0000064WX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Me Vuelvo Guajira - Tam-Tam 2000
2. Mambo Yo Yo - Ricardo Lemvo
3. Yay Boy - Africando
4. El Son De Llama - Orchestre Baobab De Dakar
5. Galo Negro - Sam Mangwana
6. Viva En El Monte - Papi Oviedo
7. Magic Woman - Julian Avalos
8. Mueve La Cintura Mulata - Cuarteto Oriente
9. Adama Coly - 4 Etoiles
10. Kolonial - Ruy Mingas
11. Me Dieron La Clave - Vieja Trova Santiaguera
12. Aideu - Conjunto Cespedes

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A well chosen compilation of 12 songs, "Afro Latino" features artists from both sides of the Atlantic, including some based in the USA. The marriage of African and Cuban rhythm and tradition is incredibly fertile, witnessed by the many different takes on this most sensual and swinging mix from Cuba, Senegal, Angola, Cape Verde, The Congo, and even Peru. From the acoustic guitar-led Quarteto Oriente (playing in Cuba's "oriente" style) to Congo's soukous supergroup Les 4 Etoiles, the legendary Orchestra Baobab and Africando, this is a top flight introduction to the many flavors of Afro-Cuban music. Included from Putamayo's Artist label are the salsa tinged Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca and well established Congolese guitarist/songwriter Sam Mangwana, now residing in the USA. Afro-Cuban music has never been more vital, and this collection is a good place to start your explorations. --Derek Rath

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Latin ~ Putumayo Presents Afro-Latino

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome August 25, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I used to own 3 CD stores and ran a recording studio and a sound company. I've listened to just about everything. I guess I just got burned out on the same ole stuff - the same recycled riffs, recyled bands, etc. When I heard this disc, it blew me away. I've tried to track down the artists on the disc and buy their cds, too. But, most of these groups don't have any releases you can buy in the states - just a couple do. Not only are the artists great. Whoever put this compilation together deserves a lot of the credit. Probably the same person who compiled Samba Bosa Nova, another Putumayo masterpiece. It's a keeper.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel the Rhythms in Afro-Latino music July 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Welcome to the sensational music of Putamayo Artists. This album is a wonderful introduction to Afro-Cuban sounds. Combinations of 'Cubanesque' rhythms and African folk rhythms create a irresistable sound that, as the CD claims, is "Guaranteed to make you feel good!" I used to live in Miami and this music reminds me of the Cuban passion for good music. If you are not familiar with this sound, this album would make a wonderful initiation into the world of 'musica Latina'. This CD includes a booklet which explains how Cuban sounds are introduced into African culture. It also details each artist featured, which instruments played (some you've never heard), and the background of the story being told. Be prepared to get up and dance!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you HIDE it from your friends!! July 6, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Listen folks...everytime I play this CD, in the car, in my backyard...people I don't even know approach me wondering "Where can I get that awesome music?" !! It's the true gem in my vast collection...so warm...so rich...and get this....IT WAS A GIFT from an ex-girlfriend....and I'm married. That tells you how great it is! I can never let it out of my sight, because when people first hear it, they want to slip it in their pocket! Go ahead and get it folks..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for a great collection of music January 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have an ear for this genre of music, or if you are looking to get a taste, this is by far one of the most lively, fun and fantastic CDs you could get your hands on. The first song will capture your tapping feet and the guitar on Mujer Magica will mesmerize your senses. This is a must have CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing blend of African & latin beats. Very moving! August 15, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I dare anyone to sit still while listening to this CD. I purchased it two months ago and a day has not gone by when I haven't listened to it. The musical/historcal notes which accompany the CD give you a better appreciation of the music and the lands from which the songs originate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb September 28, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Music that belongs to all of us. Latin American (especially Caribbean) music has been heavily influenced by African rhythms, and contemporary African musicians have been influenced by Latin American music. It's all here, and it's a delight to listen to. And dance!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Africa and Cuba join forces November 28, 2005
By Marcos
Format:Audio CD
This CD should have been named Afro-Cubano. The CD starts off with African salsa and son, and then switches back and forth between Cuban son and African son.

Then just when you think you figured the CD out Ruy Mingas's Kolonial throws you off with a very percussive afroportuguese dish. The rhythm here is strong and different from the clave influence heard in the rest of the CD.

One strange thing about this CD is that the Cuban selections are all traditional son, while the african cuts stand out as more progressive and elaborate, with incredible use of electric guitars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rico Mammbo! July 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD has a lot of various Afro-Cuban cuts. Some have a faster beat for dancing and others are more suave. Definitely music that will make you warm when you feel the beat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars scratch product
The cd it's scratch beyond repair. I'm very disappointed. Half off the cd is ruined I would love a refund.
Published 4 months ago by Jazmin Arreola
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet tunes!
Too much fun to listen too! Great songs with fun beat and you just cant tap your toe, must move the hips!
Published 8 months ago by BRW
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CD!!!
This CD was gift from a friend when I was 16, and now I am 30 and I still love this CD!!! This is truly timeless. This is the place to get it too! Read more
Published 18 months ago by ATL_LIFE
5.0 out of 5 stars world music
Always a great mix of songs and groups from around the world that you can explore more fully after a little taste.
Published on September 18, 2011 by Denver B. Cornett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
A wonderful CD full of flavor and rhythm, music that will take over your body and keep you moving. If you enjoy salsa, merengue and all the upbeat latin music, you will not be... Read more
Published on January 23, 2011 by A. Valdez
3.0 out of 5 stars So-So Salsa
"Afro-Latino" is a so-so salsa compilation from Putumayo. It's a decade old, but hasn't aged quite so well. There are highlights from Tam Tam 2000 and the 4 Etoiles. Read more
Published on July 15, 2009 by Amaranth
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes and No
I've had "Afro-Latino" for several years now. When it was new (to me), I played it over and over, as did all the other reviewers, even dancing around the room or on the steering... Read more
Published on January 26, 2009 by Judy K. Polhemus
5.0 out of 5 stars Algo deferente(something different)
The music is awesome on this disc and I was caught by surprise how the Cuban music has penetrated Africna culture so long ago. Read more
Published on April 23, 2007 by Enrique Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome!!!!!!
I cannot stop listening to this CD. I have repeated some of the songs so many times that my kids have threatened to leave the house and come back when my addiction is over. Read more
Published on April 8, 2007 by Dragonfly3
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