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Bembeya Jazz / African Classics
Album:African Classics Collection:World
Artist:Bembeya Jazz Added:Feb 2008
Label:Sheer Sound 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-05-11 Pull Date:2008-07-13 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Jul 13Jul 6Jun 29Jun 15Jun 8Jun 1May 25May 18

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 20, 2022:Some Songs Without Words (rebroadcast from Jan 5, 2022)
Petit Sekou
4.Aug 23, 2014:Music Casserole
Petit Sekou
2.Jan 05, 2022:Some Songs Without Words
Petit Sekou
5.Jul 08, 2008:At the Cafe Bohemian
Petit Sekou
3.Jun 28, 2017:At the Cafe Bohemian
6.Jul 04, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-05-10 
Bembeya Jazz Nacional was founded in 1961 in Beyla, Guinea. It’s delicious guitar-driven Afro-pop-jazz with some Cuban spice thrown in. Plus wicked good percussion, horns, vocals, and lots of funky style. This release is a sort of “best of” from their classic years and recording quality is not the best, many tracks have an old-timey mono sound.

1. Midtempo Afro-funk with sharp brass work.
*2. Relaxed tempo, a tinny old-radio sound.
3. Midtempo, soaring vocals, guitar, perc.
*4. Relaxed funk w/a hip 70s vibe. Picks up later.
5. Big, brassy intro. Upbeat Afro pop funk.
*6. Mid/uptempo w/some cool vocals & great style.
7. Downtempo, almost lazy meandering Afro pop.
*8. Sexy midtempo Afro-Cuban dance.
9. An 18:30-minute epic. Starts upbeat & bright, varys tempo. Includes everything from shades of Hendrix to shimmery Afro funk.

Track Listing
1.Telegramme 5.Koumba Terin
2.Lanaya 6.Sabu
3.Yekeke 7.Gnagna
4.Petit Sekou 8.Yarabi