Tuesday, July 24, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Africando

Artist:Africando f/Medoune Diallo

Africando is a unique mix of Afro Cuban and African music. The musicians are veterans of the New York Latin Jazz scene featuring some of Africa's best singers. The two guys behind Africando are veteran producer Ibrahima Sylba and Mali born sax player Boncana Maiga. Sylba is also producer of Orchestra Baobab. Senegalese singer Medoune Diallo is lead singer of Orchestra Baobab. At first they were called Africando All Stars and then it was shortened to Africando. They first recorded in 1993. Pape Seck was the other singer. He died in 1995 and was replaced by Gnonnas Pedro. A lot of the musicians like Ronnie Baro, Mario Rivera and Oscar Hernandez have been around the New York Latin Jazz scene since the 70s. Mandali was released in 2000. Diallo sings the title song which was first recorded by the Gambian group Super Eagles. So if you like Latin rhythms with a twist, you might like this. Other guest singers include Lokua Kanza from Zaire, Salif Keita from Mali, Koffi Olomide from Zaire, Thione Seck from Senegal, Amadou Balake from the popular group Mariam & Amadou and Sekouna Bambino from Mali. Africando last CD was released in 2006. Gnonnas Pedro died in 2005 and it looks like they may have split up at that point. Their music is not for everyone. But if you're looking for something different, check out Africando. Here's the video for Mandali by Africando featuring Medoune Diallo.

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