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Bembeya Jazz / African Classics
Album:African Classics Collection:World
Artist:Bembeya Jazz Added:02/2008
Label:Sheer Sound 

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Add Date:2008-05-11 Pull Date:2008-07-13 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:13 Jul6 Jul29 Jun15 Jun8 Jun1 Jun25 May18 May
Airplays:12111121

Recent Airplay
1.Wed, 28 Jun 17:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
4.Fri, 04 Jul 08:Fo
No Cover, No Minimum
2.Sat, 23 Aug 14:Eme O
Music Casserole
5.Tue, 01 Jul 08:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
3.Tue, 08 Jul 08:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
6.Fri, 27 Jun 08:Decca
The Rent Party

Album Review
Decca
Reviewed 2008-05-10 
Bembeya Jazz Nacional was founded in 1961 in Beyla, Guinea. It’s delicious guitar-driven Afro-pop-jazz with some Cuban spice thrown in. Plus wicked good percussion, horns, vocals, and lots of funky style. This release is a sort of “best of” from their classic years and recording quality is not the best, many tracks have an old-timey mono sound.

1. Midtempo Afro-funk with sharp brass work.
*2. Relaxed tempo, a tinny old-radio sound.
3. Midtempo, soaring vocals, guitar, perc.
*4. Relaxed funk w/a hip 70s vibe. Picks up later.
5. Big, brassy intro. Upbeat Afro pop funk.
*6. Mid/uptempo w/some cool vocals & great style.
7. Downtempo, almost lazy meandering Afro pop.
*8. Sexy midtempo Afro-Cuban dance.
9. An 18:30-minute epic. Starts upbeat & bright, varys tempo. Includes everything from shades of Hendrix to shimmery Afro funk.


Track Listing
1.Telegramme 5.Koumba Terin
2.Lanaya 6.Sabu
3.Yekeke 7.Gnagna
4.Petit Sekou 8.Yarabi
 9.Montagne