Djembe & Mande Music Page/Review Section(last revision 02/11/99)
MICHAEL WALL'S FAVORITE
Here's (some of) my favorite Afro-Cuban folkloric picks.
Yoruba Andabo "El Callejon De Los Rumberos" (DM 203CD Discmedi Blau)
Tremendous playing, tumbadores and bata, great coro, FINE recording
"Tumi Cuba Classics - Vol 3: Rumba" (TUMICD052 Tumi)
The best rumba collection I've heard so far
"Real Rumba from Cuba" (COCD110 Corason)
The second best...
"Oriente De Cuba: The Rumba" Folkoyuma (NI 5425 Nimbus)
Rumba from a different part of Cuba - very different sound!
"Percussions Cubaines" Iluyenkori (PS 65084 Playasound)
One of many fine recordings of bata and the chants. I really like the vocal arrangements on this one.
"Afro Roots" Mongo Santamaria (PCD 240182 Prestige)
Kind of a sampler of many different Afro-Cuban forms all on one recording.
"Vivito y Coleando" Conjunto Cespedes (4033 Xeno)
Jesus Diaz... If you don't know him, now you can find out.
"Afro-Cuba: A Musical Anthology" (1088 Rounder)
Another great overview of many different Cuban forms
... then select the last two of the "top ten" by choosing any 2 recordings by:
Los Papines and Los Munequitos