Tag Archives: Fusion

Kevin Davis and Ban Caribe “I like to Mambo”

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Native New Yorker Kevin Davis began his music career studying music theory and percussion while growing up in New York’s culturally diverse neighborhoods. While living in New York his music was influenced by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmeri and Sam Cooke. His music has led him to study abroad in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and he now resides in Virginia’s capital city of Richmond. Co-founder of the World Beat Workshop in Richmond VA and a frequent guest artist at the Virginia Commission of the Arts and Young Audiences of Learning.

Kevin Davis and Ban Caribe is a blend of Afro Cuban/Latin/Caribbean music laced with soulful rhythm and blues fused together by pulsating percussion beats. “Clave Soul” is Kevin Davis & Ban Caribe’s unique style that replaces the drum set with timbales, congas, bongos, maracas, steel pan and claves with guitar cords and harmonic vocals. The group’s repertoire is spiritually inspired by traditional African rhythms and chants.

 “I like to Mambo” Available on  cdbaby

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Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca | New Album Release “La Rumba SoYo”

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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.

 “La Rumba SoYo” available on  Cumbancha – iTunes – Amazon

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