De Afro-salsa supergroep Africando met hun 2006 CD "Ketukuba", wederom de hoogste graad in aanstekelijke salsa muziek.
Fourteen years after the historic first meeting of the best singers from Senegal and the best Latin musicians in New York, "Ketukuba" is their seventh album and the thrill you felt when you first heard Africando is still there!
"Ketukuba" is a tribute to the late Gnonnas Pedro, Benin`s favourite son, who sang with Africando from 1996 until his death in 2004. The title song, was his last recording.
Medoune Diallo, who earned his reputation with Orchestre Baobab before casting his lot with the nascent Africando in 1992 sings a duet with his son, Lodia Mansour, a rising star in Senegal today.
This album also introduces two other young but already seasoned Senegalese singers to Africando`s worldwide fans: Pascal Dieng of Super Cayor and Basse Sarr of Orchestre Afro-Salsa de Dakar.
Africando stalwarts Amadou Ballake and Sekouba Bambino are in top form.
American salsero Joe King gives a rendition of "Nina Nina" that may well become the definitive version of the Fania All-Stars classic.
Congolese star Madilu System joins Africando for a sparkling Latinate version of "Mario", the landmark hit he originally recorded with Franco`s T.P.O.K. Jazz in 1985. And he sings it even better now!
Nelson Hernandez, who has worked with Kekele as well as with Celia Cruz, Oscar D`Leon and many other Latin stars, wrote arrangements that allow such top-tier musicians as pianist Junito Davila, trumpeter Gazo Jaime and percussionists Roberto and Luis Quintero to shine.
7. Viens Danser (Sur Le Son Africando)