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Smithsonian Folkways Recordins / Havana & Matanzas, Cuba 1957
Album:Havana & Matanzas, Cuba 1957 Collection:World
Artist:Smithsonian Folkways Recordins Added:03/2004
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

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Add Date:2004-08-30 Pull Date:2004-10-31 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Alex
Reviewed 2004-07-22 
Field recordings of the songs and religious ceremonies of sugar plantation workers in Cuba. Amazingly enough, most of the songs are in Yoruba, Congolese, and other east African dialects. Elemental, unpolished performances and recordings. Excellent liner notes. Amazingly similar to Nigerian folk recordings I've heard. Recommend tracks 3, 15, 17. Esp. recommend 5 and 23.

1) 100 bpm. Percussion and bells.
2) 70/140 bpm. Call and resp., male solo, female chorus. Bells, complex polyrhythm.
3) 60/120 bpm. INITIAL LOW LEVEL. Sim to 2.
4) 110 bpm. Similar to 2, and 3, but mellower.
5) Celebratory tone. Less rhythmically complex, but nice melody.
6) Spoken word, male voice.
7) 132 bpm. LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS. Male voice and chorus. Unusual percussion.
8-10 ) Continuation of 7. Note that 7-10 are in a dialect of Yoruba, a language common in Nigeria.
11) Male solo, bell-like percussion.
12) 70 bpm. Surprisingly simple rhythms, tuneful call and response.
13) 80 bpm. Rattles, polyrhythmic drums.
14) 90 bpm. Male solo and chorus, drums, bells, and rattles.
15) 110 bpm. Complex polyrhythms, nice call and response.
16) Sim. to 15.
17) 100 bpm. Elegiac, beautiful use of guiros (gourd rattles). Very unusual.
18) Unison drumming. Male call and response.
19, 20) Similar to 18.
21) 100 bpm. Drum and metallic counter-rhythm. Clean sound, but a bit monotonous.
22) 80/160 bpm. Interesting 2 part chorus. Good drumming. Metallic percussion may irritate listeners.
23) 110 bpm. Female solo, mixed chorus. No percussion. Very pretty.
24) Similar to 23)
25) Male call and response. Swings gently.
26) Loosely structured fragment.
27) sim. to 26)
28) Female solo and male chorus. Tuneful but brief.

Alex D.

Track Listing
1.Tui-Tui for Shango 15.Song for Oba
2.Song for Oshun 16.Song for Yemaya
3.Praise Song for Aganju 17.Praise Song for Oshun
4.Song for Obatala 18.Okonile Re Ra
5.Song for Osain 19.Omode T'oirsa
6.Olodumare 20.E Be Oro
7.Songs for Eshu 21.The Spirit Is Circling
8.Song for Oya 22.The Turkey Vulture
9.Arara Song for Nana Buruku 23.Shanigo
10.Song for the Divine Twins 24.Oyaya Obe
11.Song for Elegua 25.Oba O China
12.Song for Ogun 26.Marengue
13.Song for Obatala 27.Umbe
14.Song for Shango 28.Vamo Tune Tune