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Toma Ketama

KetamaAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Asi Me Siento 4:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. K Cha Cha 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Miénteme 4:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tan Lejos 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Paren El Mundo 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. El Lago 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ke No 3:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Grito Con El Corazon 4:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Kanela Y Menta 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Soledad 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Agustito 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Agustito (Ketama Goes To Miami Remix) 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • ASIN: B00004XN0V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Best known for their two Songhai collaborations with Toumani Diabate and other West African musicians, "new flamenco" group Ketama have released numerous albums that push the boundaries of acoustic guitar-based Spanish Gypsy music. While fellow travelers the Gipsy Kings get over on raw energy, Ketama have mellowed since their aggressive early days to favor lovely harmonies, bursts of delicate guitar, and a dance floor-filling horn section. Each song is unmistakably grounded in flamenco, but the entire Latin music world is fair game as interpretations of the bolero, son montuno, samba, and salsa take wing. "Mienteme" kicks off with quavering guitar in the Moorish style of Radio Tarifa, but Antonio Carmona's warm voice instantly alleviates the austerity, a trap drum kit opens up the bottom, and before long precision sax and trumpet lines launch a party in the street. Guests include the revered Pepe Habichuela, whose guitar stabs light through "El Lago," plus Brazilian music legend Caetano Veloso on "Kanela y Menta." A drum machine and rap-flavored vocals, of all things, rear their heads on the last song, a "Miami Remix" of "Agustito," the penultimate cut on the disc. But the fun quotient is so high, even traditionalists will tap their heels. --Bob Tarte

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mas Raices Por Favor November 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A little dissappointing on first listen but it has grown on me. The Ketama I was looking for in this new release was Ketama the innovators of days gone by. I first heard these guys when they were featured on a CD entitled" The Young Flamencos"(Los Jovenes Flamencos) and was impressed with the direction they were taking tradional flamenco. Like the "Gipsy Kings" their sound is roots bound but is incorporating other elements to reach a vast audience, alas , pop acceptence. I wish they would just play, return to the true art form of flamenco and forget the diversions. Don't get me wrong this is beautiful music, exqusite at times, romantic, jazzy, rap-ish, samba-ish but always very polished. At times you'd think you were listening to Astrud Gilberto's flamenco album. Maybe it's just the fact that it was recorded in Rio. Sometimes a diamond in the rough is best. They seem to have lost the hard cutting edge they were on the threshhold of exploiting and have settled for mass appeal. When the vocals hinge on the crossover I wish they would go over to the other side and get guttural and forget the chorus more fiting for an r&b song. These songs remind me an experiment gone awry, still retaining the original beauty of it's shape but starting to change into something hardly recognizeable. Almost like processed corn being recalled. Now after 5 or 6 listens I like it more but still have the same problems with the music, more flamenco less everything else. When the vocalist wants to you can hear that voice go true "cancion ondo" but the passion is drowned out by the excursions into other territories. I like it, don't love it and I suppose it will grow on me even more. It really is quite beautiful at times just not enough of the time. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un disco repleto de sentimiento y ritmo May 18, 2000
By "txeba"
Format:Audio CD
Ketama representa lo mejor de lo que es el llamado "flamenco-pop" de Espana. Es una pena que sean los Gipsy Kings los unicos exponentes de este genero a nivel mundial.(y para colmo, son franceses!) Ketama posee una finura y elegancia que carece los Gipsy Kings, y esto es evidente en su musica. Ketama mezcla una infindad de ritmos y estilos tales como flamenco, rumba, salsa, bossa nova, bolero. etc. La calidad de produccion y grabacion es tambien magistral. Este CD es ideal para relajarte y tambien para bailar. No te lo pierdas!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toma Ketama! is Numero Uno! December 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with Ketama's music during my visit to Barcelona in early November this year and have not stopped listening to this cd. Unfortunately, I don't speak Spanish and have no idea what the words are to most of the songs. (I must find someone to translate for me.) What I do know is that Ketama has a number one hit with this cd. Their music and expression of each song transcends any language barriers. Each song is fresh and lively with emotions that flow magically from one song to the other. I especially love track #11 (Agustito) which I can only describe as a very funky tune. I bought 2 copies of this wonderful cd--one for me and one for a cousin who could not make the trip to Spain due to illness. She, too, is in love with Ketama. People who hear Ketama's beautiful sound always want more. All I can say on Ketama!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arte Gitano October 6, 2000
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First of all, this isn't Latin music. No offense to the other reviewers. Ketama is one of a growing number of flamenco-pop groups emerging in Spain. This is there most recent and most pop-influenced cd yet. They went so far as to release a discoteca version of "Agustito" for one of the infinite summer hits cd's. Check out "Mienteme," "El Lago" (a Triana remake-the Pink Floyd of Spain), and "Soledad" which has a villancico sound to it. The rest are all rumba-pop but as always, all have great rhythms, Antonio Carmona's perfect voice, and nothing to do with the Latin music wave sweeping America and thousands of cheesy European discotecas resembling Menthos commercials (guilty as charged). If you want to hear their more pure flamenco cd's, check out Ketama, Canciones Hondas, and Es Ke Me Han Kambiado Los Tiempos. After that, they lost lead singer Jose Soto who was the traditional flamenco anchor of the band. If you want more of the best new music from Spain, again, nothing like you hear coming out of Puerto Rico, Mexico City, LA, San Antonio, or NYC, then look for La Nina Pastori or Pata Negra. If anyone wants to talk about this amazing group (or if anyone knows a flamenco guitar instructor in Napoli) feel free to write.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not so bad... August 27, 2001
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I have been kindof stuck on ketama too for a while. I did not like the turn they have take towards pop. I thought Sonhai I and II were brilliant. The lyrics on this record are so empty they make me want to turn it off. Their music though, continues to intoxicate me. I am leaning more towards the sarcasm of Martires or the daring spirit of Pata Negra. Or better yet the cohesiveness of Radio Tarifa. I wish ketama would get a little more serious about it all.
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