@@@ Jungle Fire: Mofongo (Nacional, 2017) I don’t usually go in for the pre-release single drop, but I was all over Jungle Fire’s last record and this is lead single and it’s a blazing mash of funk, guitar shredding, hand drumming, and that surfy Latin guitar sound which I don’t think has a name but which I like. This band can dig a groove all day with one hand and I will be back for more. You can hit the single on the streaming services but if you’re not up on that then here is an older jam.
@@@ Seydou Boro: Horon (Label Bleu, 2016) Also off this week’s WRIR weekly charts. It’s African music done with mostly jazz fusion-y production. Not particularly my favorite way to listen to African music. Boro has a beautiful voice and he gets into some pretty energetic back and forth with his background singers. There are four tunes from a record released in December up on the Apple Music and I like this second one, Hamate Ba, better. If you like the smoothed out African music style have at it, it’s not for me.
@@@ DIEGO EL CIGALA: Indestructible (Sony Latin, 2016) Super produced high energy salsa music off this week’s WRIR weekly charts. This is street music presented in a non-street fashion and it still packs a high class wallop. Full horn section and extensive percussion accompany El Cigala’s gruff and soulful voice. He’s got some milage on the tires. High energy, big budget sonics.
YTD recordings listened to: 21
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 12
Not good music: 5
Honorable Mentions: 0
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