La Rumba SoYo, the new album from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, is a multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola). It took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him diving even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration. With his band Makina Loca, the Los Angeles based singer produces an appealing blend of African and Cuban music that has earned him a worldwide following. Lemvo’s early recordings drew mainly from Congolese rumba and soukous mixed with Cuban son and salsa. His 1998 hit “Mambo Yo Yo,” which appeared on the first of two albums he released on Putumayo, can be heard to this day pouring out of taxicabs and on salsa club dance floors in Cartagena, New York, Tokyo, Paris and beyond.
Three of the songs were written in collaboration with Angolan artists: Calo Pascoal, Kyaku Kyadaff, Adao Filipe, the styles featured include Cuban and African rumba, soukous, Angolan kizomba and semba, Cuban son and salsa. The title track offers an upbeat and irresistible tropical hook that will certainly be one of the party anthems of this summer and many years to come.
With La Rumba SoYo, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca have created an exciting new album that retains their appealing salsa meets soukous grooves and blends them with the Angolan rhythms and styles that have been such an inspiration to Lemvo in recent years.