- Audio CD (November 12, 1996)
- Original Release Date: December 4, 1996
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Tinder
- ASIN: B000005N9P
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,378 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
A French band singing French-language versions of the Cuban salsa style may seem like something of a gimmick, but Fatal Mambo substantially pulls it off. The eight-piece group is without peer in achieving maximum punch with economical arrangements, and bandleader J.F. "Oscar" Hammel's drive helps keep the fun and experimentation in place. But a Gallic version of Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" feels like a throwaway compared to the generally top-notch material here, as does the reggae stretch "La Volonte." Still, there's enough great music back in salsa territory to satisfy anyone in any kind of a party mood. This is definitely a band to keep track of. by Bob Tarte All Music
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If you like your latin music, then this is essential for your collection. A fantastic blend of the traditional salsa style first truely defined by Hector Lavoe, mixed with wonderful French touches, on a canvas that expresses many musical styles. A dash of hip-hop here, some Santana sounding guitar work there, turn around and there are reggae points in areas, all producing some fantastic salsa, cumbia and merengue. If your not one who has a lot of latin music, then fear not. This album is very 'light-hearted', something that will get you up and dancing, regardless of whether that is something you do regularly or not. Fun is a good word to explain the album with, and colourful is another word to say about the music. And the French vocals just add another dimension rarely heard in latin music, another reason to get this album. Brilliant
I must say that this is great and very well put together.
I was born in Chile and speak English, Spanish and French.
When listening to Fatal Mambo, I sometimes forget I am listening to songs created in French... it sounds soooo Latin.
Perhaps this is because Latin music was greatly affected by African influence.
Without our fellow Africans brothers, Latin music would not be as we know it. Thanks Fatal Mambo
BTW, another must have is their self titled 'Fatal Mambo' album.
Melodies sound too similar from song to song and the entire effort is undermined by a lack of excitement in the rhythm.