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Los Fakires / Los Fakires
Album:Los Fakires Collection:World
Artist:Los Fakires Added:Aug 2002
Label:Deutsche Grammophon 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2002-08-19 Pull Date:2002-10-21 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Oct 13Oct 6Sep 15Sep 8

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 26, 2016:At the Cafe Bohemian
Chan Chan
4.Oct 01, 2002:No Cover, No Minimum
Guitarra, Tabaco Y Ron
2.Oct 08, 2002:At the Cafe Bohemian
Mata Siguaraya
5.Sep 10, 2002:At the Cafe Bohemian
Chan Chan
3.Oct 03, 2002:Baptism of Solitude
Guitarra, Tabaco Y Ron
6.Sep 03, 2002:No Cover, No Minimum
Mata Siguaraya

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-08-07 
LOS FAKIRES – Los Fakires
Deutsche Grammophon, 2002

CUBA – Deutsche Grammophon?! The label is the first clue that this isn’t just another collection of tired old Cuban musicians riding those long Buena Vista coattails. The Fakires reorganized as a quintet after their big band fell apart (in the ‘80s, I think). They continue in the “Santa Clara” style, playing relaxed, acoustic sons and boleros full of class and vitality. They have an odd lineup – alto saxophone, guitar, bongo, and percussion – that makes them sound like an exceptionally talented pick-up band playing on some street corner. Adding to the balance, they have two singers – one rough, the other smooth.

This is a very good disc that’s sure to lift your mood. Easily recommended to all Cuban music fans.

Fo’s picks: 2, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14

01. 4:08 – lazy, catchy tune; very smooth
02. 4:12 – coy fun with cute sax, big vox
03. 5:08 – upbeat anti-drinking song
04. 5:07 – touching ballad, nice vocal
05. 4:42 – some upbeat Caribbean fluff
06. 3:42 – cute old children’s song
07. 3:20 – ballad, very fine duet vox
08. 3:50 – smile-inducing dance number.
09. 5:04 – classy version of well-worn classic
10. 5:45 – cha-cha rhythm, a bit silly
11. 4:33 – compelling son, good riffs & vocals
12. 5:00 – lively descarga, lots of sax space
13. 3:51 – flowing and swaying guaracha-son
14. 5:29 – sophisticated, catchy, with piano

[Fo] - 8/7/02

Track Listing
1.Suavecito 8.La Timba
2.Mata Siguaraya 9.Chan Chan
3.Fuerza De Voluntad 10.Mira El Bodeguero
4.Dulce Desengano 11.El Reloj De Pastora
5.El Cafetal 12.Qualquiera Resbala Y Cae
6.Pico Y Pala 13.El Bobo De La Yuca
7.A Mi Manera 14.Guitarra, Tabaco Y Ron