Bonga - Angola 74

Format: LP
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Jose Adelino Barcelo de Carvalho, better known as Bonga, has released countless albums since making his debut in 1972, but few are quite as sought after as Angola 74. Released in 1974 (hence the imaginative title), it sees him fuse traditional Angolan instrumentation with the rhythms and sounds of Brazil (and samba, in particular). It's a brilliantly hot and humid fusion that works magnificently throughout, from the impassioned vocals, strummed samba guitars and rich bass of "Kubangela" to the dancing horns and fluttering flutes of "Roots". And that's just side one. The album's genius lies not only in Bonga's fusion of different musical cultures, but also in the combination of both up-tempo and down-tempo offerings.

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