â€œThis amazing new recording is performed by powerful musicians and recorded beautifullyâ€¦[Alfredo Calvoâ€™s]â€¦mastery of Lucumi praise poetry and raw power shine, and the chorus shines with him. The drumming is phenomenal, embodying the beauty and power of Matanzas bataâ€¦.If you havenâ€™t experienced this music in person in Matanzas, you have to hear this CD to believe it.â€
â€œBeautifully recorded and wonderfully sung by Alfredo Calvo Cano and Alberto PuÃ±ales Cabrera, this may be the best recorded document of Bembe as it is performed in Matanzas. Rare material. Highly recommended.â€
â€œâ€¦[One] of the most invigorating illustrations of Orisha musicâ€¦to come out of Matanzas since Lydia Cabreraâ€™s and Josefina Tarafaâ€™s 1950s recordings recently released by the Smithsonian Institute.â€
â€œVery interesting display of living history.
[It] is very interesting to see how the Africans in Cuba were able to keep a very large and important part of the culture intact. The performance was very ritmo Africano. You should also view the DVD of the same name to see it! Remarkable!â€
Scotch Plains, NJ
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