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In 2006, 14 years after the historic first meeting of some of the best singers in Senegal and many of the best Latin musicians in New York, the Afro-salsa supergroup made its seventh album. Producer Ibrahima Sylla, recording in Dakar, Abidjan, Bamako, Paris, Miami and (as always) New York, brought extraordinary talents together, combining newcomers, original members and guest stars, and elicited brilliant performances from them all.

Ketukuba stands as a tribute to the late Gnonnas Pedro, Benin's favorite son, who sang with Africando from 1996 until his death in 2004. The title song was his last recording. Medoune Diallo, who earned his reputation with Orchestre Baobob before casting his lot with the nascent Africando in 1992, adds to his distinguished repertoire with a duet with his son, Lodia Mansour, a rising star in Senegal today. Other Africando stalwarts, Amadou Ballaké (Burkina Faso's pre-eminent singer) and Sékouba Bambino (the ''baby'' star of Guinea's Bembeya Jazz National) also contribute standout songs to the new album. American salsero Joe King gives a rousing rendition of the Fania All-Stars classic Nina Nina. And Congolese star Madilu ''System'' Bialu joins Africando for a sparkling Latin-styled version of Mario, the landmark hit he originally recorded with Franco's T.P.O.K. Jazz in 1985. (He died a year after making this record.) The sparking arrangements for Ketukuba are written and conducted by Nelson Hernandez, who is known for his work with Celia Cruz, Oscar D'Leon and many other Latin stars.

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One of the African dance albums of the year. --The Guardian
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stern's Africa
  • ASIN: B000253SGG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I agree with Marks Time review completely. Lacking are the great solo moments from the top cream of salsa musicianship as Mandali. Maybe if I could understand the lyrics I would get into it better. But that was the thing about previous Mandali, without understanding Mandali, Sey, or any of the other tracks I was astounded by their musicians and the vocalists tones matching so seamlessly. It was incredible to hear an African singer be elevated by musicians that most likely did not understand him. That very difficult task however was not repeated here.

If you must have all Africando CDs, then get it. Otherwise, complete your Ricardo Lemvo collection for that Afro-Latin sound.
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At first many of the melodic hooks seemed all too familiar and similar to previous releases and the lead vocals on most of the tracks lack the feel of the Baloba or Mandali albums. But then I got around to listening more carefully and 3 tracks stand out above all: 'Bogne Sirala' & 'Malawoo' bring in a new flavor for Africando with piano-led melodies going in different directions and the coros widen the range even further. 'Mario' is still signature Africando, classic mid tempo, melodic lead vocals and sharp horn sections.
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"Ketukuba is an invitation to dance..." This is what the liner notes say, and for once it's TRUE!
I've heard some of Africando's other CD's but for me, this is the best. I can listen to it, over and over
again. I understand very little of the lyrics, but I do understand I want to dance when I hear it.
Songs from this CD are often played at local salsa clubs. It's slightly on the old school side,
with plenty of great congas, percussion and horns and lots of call and response vocals. It's also
very polyrhythmic...but unlike some of the currently 'popular' bands, the rhythms are strong and steady,
so you can dance well to it, instead of scratching your head and thinking, which rhythm do I dance to??
If you like to dance salsa, put this on your repeat often list. Mt. aka Marko Mambo Loco
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By Otos on January 26, 2016
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Love it.
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