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Palo Congo

Sabu

1957

Palo Congo

Album Summary

Palo Congo is the first album by conguero Sabu Martinez, featuring Arsenio Rodríguez and his brothers Raúl and "Quique". It was recorded and released in 1957 through Blue Note Records.

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Rating

2.73

Votes

4638

Genres

  • World
  • Jazz
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Wed Dec 09 2020
1

Look, I'll be the first to admit that I probably just don't "get" this. But the plain fact was this was painful to listen to. It's repetitive noise. You would have to be just REALLY into conga drums to love this album. There's a 6 minute track that's NOTHING BUT CONGAS. And the next one is a 4 minute track of MOSTLY congas broken up by random yells and loud samba whistles. On the tracks where there ARE vocals, they're off-key shrieks accompanied by extraordinarily shrill "harmonies" (if you can call them that). It's. The. WORST. Hands down. Listening to this album makes me angry.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
1

This album congo fuck itself

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

Afro-cubano, muito bom, infelizmente tem poucos albuns q nao sao em ingles nessa lista...

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Not heard this before. Because it's an older stereo recording you get things pushed real hard left and right and I don't love that on headphones. Also being older the recording is a touch on the raw side but it suits the sound I think. I'll listen again on speakers and will probably like it more that way. In a weird way this reminds me of krautrock in it's trance like repetition and jamming. I like the textured/layered rhythm and the tendency towards chanting. It actually sounds very experimental to me yet rooted in something that feels ancient and raw. The birth of the groove. Man, can you imagine seeing this being performed live in a jazz club back in the day?

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Mon Oct 11 2021
3

3.5 - Some cool polyrhythmic, call-and-response folk songs. A nice palate cleanser from all the post-punk, British electronica and Neil Young.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
5

holy crap, fucking amazing. super swinging' and stuff. i love the sweet syncopated rhythms, and the panning of, say, a guitar all the way to the right - which usually annoys me - is more fun than anything here.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

I had to actively ignore Rudy Van Gelder's name to get on board with this one. The recording is the weakest part, at least in terms of pleasantness. There's plenty of information preserved, and the beat information in particular is of such density that I can't help but love it. I've only been affected by rhythms in this way by EDM records in the past, but this is all humans all the time. I took and left the often harsh tone elements, but there's enough variety on here to make me question the wisdom of that move.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

This might be one of my fav discoveries via using this generator. The Cuban rhythms on congo are very intoxicating and dancy. The chanty vocals add to a very nice atmosphere. Blue Note does not miss and this is a very very very good album.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, before In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. But Cuban. This album is 65 years old and sounds like it was recorded down in the barrio yesterday. While it seems out of place for a Blue Note record, latin-jazz ushered the way in for the Bossa Nova craze that would come in a short decade. This was a fun listen and I plan on buying this on vinyl to have a dance party in my living room.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

My SIL first moved over here from Cuba in the early 2000s. If you ever want to feel like cementing yourself as the most awkward white-guy dancer in a crowd, go to a Cuban party. The guy talking at the start of the 2nd track was sick. The drumming makes me want to slap a barstool for a pub conga solo

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Sun May 08 2022
1

This is the first time I've listened to a rumba album. I sincerely hope it was the last time I've listened to a rumba album.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Great great great! Music that makes you swing your hips and move your feet! Probably a good thing no one else was around when I listened... injuries may have occurred...

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Loved to dance through such a historical day

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

this was so different than any other music I ever listen to and I loved it!

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

Loved it. Very energetic

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

This is so good to listen to while working, hypnotic and energetic, a+ flow

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

É um ótimo álbum para se sentir animado e contagiado numa noite de sexta-feira! AMEI!

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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

Aí sim, baita sonzao

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Enjoyed it, although it didn’t blow my mind or anything

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

Loved the heavy reliance on percussion. The songs were driving and worth listening to.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

very beautiful

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Thu Dec 10 2020
4

Pretty great. I didnt really like other cuban inspired albums (buena vista social club), but I found this one a lot more interesting.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Delightful. Will definitely dip back into this album when I need something of this flavor

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Gets me hyped! Cool to know he started mambo

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Great listen. Tons of fun.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Really feeling this album. I like how you can hear all the distinct parts so clearly. The percussion feels like it's right there. Loved the guitar on "Rhapsodia Del Maravilloso."

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Großartig! Solch spröde Instrumentierung und solch tiefes Verständnis von Trance. Liebe das einfach und unmittelbar mal ganz ohne theoretische Verirrung 4.4

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Salsaaaa

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

Very fun! man can drum, and the singing was fun but maybe a bit repetitive

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Classic and cool

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I've never fully dived into latin jazz, probably as some of the famous albums I've checked out have been a bit clean/safe/chilled sounding. This one is WILD. Lots of hypnotic drumming and chanting. Very strong roots in African traditional folk musics, with the jazz and latin sounds making this a fusion feast. Would like more in this vein please. 4*

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Spanish bongo music. Fun listen

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

Made me do a little jig

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I didn’t love everything, and the vocals were especially rough at points, but some of the rhythms spoke to me on what I can only describe as a primal level. 7/10

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Groovy beats. 8

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Big fan!! ONLY four because I don't know Spanish that well. Such good music production/lighthearted tunes.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Nice tunes. A great album.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

interesting

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

gang

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Very catchy rhythms and chants, with the additional instrumentation supplementing them well

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Fux

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Great beats! Very inventive. I loved the song Simba.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Good music that must have been very unusual to the American ear when it was first released

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Fun - hadn't heard of Sabu and this was a good listen. I'm not authoritative on this genre but it held its own with other stuff I've heard by Tito Rodriguez, Puente, etc.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Kubanska salsa ili rumba je uvijek ima rezervirano mjesto u mojim u ušima.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Liked it, but have to be in the mood

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

transported back to Africa

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Pretty great Cuban music.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Definitely raised my mood

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

98 albums into 1001 and this is only the 3rd non-english album, and that's being generous in considering Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express as being non-english. Is this list really that myopically focused on english language albums? This album is a perfect example of why the voices of the whole world need to be included in this list. With just some congas (I'm not even sure it isn't just one) and vocals the track 'Billumba-Palo Congo' shows the purity of Sabu's energy. While other tracks bring in one or two more instruments, the album continues on in much the same way. Each track is bare bones in its arrangement, but in no way does that compromise or undermine their ability to get your feet tapping and your hips moving. The album is vivd and proof to me that I don't need to speak the same language to appreciate the impact of good music. Perhaps more "Top X" lists need to take that into consideration.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Love a good Latin jazz-type album on this list, always refreshing. Some fantastic percussion on here, and the vocals are all over the place in a good way. I especially love that albums like this are from the '50s, it just feels so timeless. Shoutout to Blue Note and whoever else took the time and resources to make albums and preserve music like this. Favorite tracks: Asabache, Choferito-Plena, El Cumbanchero. Album art: Really love this, the bold colors are great. It's a simple band photo dramatically elevated by basic framing, text, and colors. Some of these old school jazz/international music covers are fantastic. 4/5

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

Great jazz album! At least that is how it was listed on Apple music. Felt like fusion in some moments as well, much more focus on the drums than other instruments but also singing too. I really enjoyed this one.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

It's hard to believe this came out in the 50s. It seems ahead of it's time.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

good but unremarkable afro-jazz. I enjoyed it.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

I'm a sucker for Latin jazz. Love the tracks with call-and-response hooks. Lot of energy. Wish it continued through the whole thing, but the bongo-solo song kind of lost me. Favorite tracks: "Billumba-Palo Congo", "Choferito-Plana"

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Mon May 09 2022
4

Very fun album! Hard not to dance. Very very raw though.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Just a nice and good time. Some killer drum work. This Sabu fellow has an interesting pedigree. I like it!

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Thu May 19 2022
4

You can always tell when an album will be 🔥 just from the cover. Best part of this one is the first playlist recommendation on Spotify is Boogaloo Essentials

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Really great rhythms. Love the melodies that come from repetitive percussion. I'm also impressed to have encountered a bad stereo recording from the 50s. I didn't think that technology was available yet.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Kind of slow towards the end of the album but makes great easy listening

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

CRIOLLO BUENOS DIAS!

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Fun latin/world!

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Interesting

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

They are great.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: El Cumbanchero

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

pretty interesting mix

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Too interesting to review after one listen. Rhythmic, exciting, raw. Will run to it a few times to learn what it's like after a few listens. Very afro inspired Cuban drumming and singing. Liked it.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Loved it. It was melodic and repetitive and chaotic.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Love the exotic sound. Would love to mix the songs with some house beatc

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Enjoyable blue note jazz, works music stuff.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Not fully my cup of tea - but it’s still a wonderful jazz virtuoso album - it’s hectic, urgent and fun - barely a moment of calm so it’s not an everyday album.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Yeah this one was good at times

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Very cool texture. Never listened to Cubop, but I should. 4 stars

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Infectious rhythms everywhere. The almost raucous call and response in the vocals of a couple of tracks carries the joy the musicians seem to experience as they play. Since this appears to be an album featuring a percussion ensemble, I was surprised by the brilliant guitar playing that came along on a few of the tracks. The natural sound of an amp pushed just to breakup, and reverb of what sounds like an actual hall, gives a fullness and warmth to the guitar sound, while the playing is as ebullient and spontaneous as the percussion.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

8/10 fun album but I wish the instruments were more diverse a lot of those songs were basically just a drum solo going on for a long time I get that that’s their culture and their music I’m not hating on it, but they have guitar and other stuff and it sounded really cool, I think they should’ve used it more

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I've never thought I needed a freaking conga driven Cuban rumba for my morning but here we are.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

A perfect blend of ear bending splendour riding a zephyr of peace and tranquility. This tore a hole right through my mind and exposed my inner most fantasies to every inch of my quaking being. Hold the phone, Pedro, we have lift off.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

I always thought that not much creativity was happening in music before I was born. I suppose it's easy to fall into that trap. This album shows that Afro beats and Cuban music were being fused creating the Afro Cuban genre before I was born. That's wicked. I wonder who was listening to it? We know our parents weren't that cool.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

Very solid drumming skill, got a good driving rythm to it. I enjoy this as background music but it's not a thing I'd want to typically listen to.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

If I could understand what they were saying I would probably love it.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

It likely inspired the genre which is amazing but the album itself sounded like a bunch of pals just trying to figure out what to do at first.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

not really my thing, but cool to listen to something different

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Papi Congo is Spanish Jazz, while I am not totally familiar with the genre I’ve heard it in other media. It definitely transports you to a different place, for me it reminded me of walking through some of the markets in Mexico while the dry heat engulfs you. Great music to have on the background while doing something around the house where you might find yourself moving to the beat.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

A lot of cool rhythm, but not much more

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Latin: oft nicht mein Ding. Zu viel Ayayayayay, zu viele hektische Bläser, zu viele Salsaklischees für meinen Geschmack. Das hier aber (hört gut zu, Bongonazis aller Stadtparks in den 90ern und geht zurück in eure Keller!), das gefällt mir sehr gut. Ob in den toll rohen reinen Percussion-Nummern, in den Call-and-Response-Machismospielchen oder auch in den eher lieblichen, für mich dann doch auch nach vertrauterem Latin klingenden Gesangsnummern. Hat ne Tür aufgestoßen und bringt locker 3,4 Punkte. Ayayayay!

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Ritmos chulos

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Good, solid nandos music

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

okay

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

false

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Sun Apr 11 2021
3

Like African traditional music, bit of a more samba Latin-American sounding vibe going on too, especially compared to stuff like Ali Farka Toure. Decent still. 3/5.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Samba im Homeoffice! Der Soundtrack einer karibischen Cocktailbar. Wo ist mein Mojito?

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Didn’t finish

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Definitely good sound, but don't think I'd come back to it.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Liked it but its not the same when you are sat at a desk working as opposed to up and dancing.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

An album as old as me ! It wasn’t bad 3*

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

This was interesting and a nice change, but I found it really repetitive and only really liked the tracks that had guitar. I can’t be too harsh on it though bc I think my issues were mostly just bc of me not having an ear for the genre. 6/10

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

Wow, this was great. If this album doesn't make you want to move, check your pulse. Percussive and energetic with song structures that are loose and improvisational. You just have to let go, embrace the groove and stop expecting a song to go somewhere all the time. Fave songs: El Cumbanchero, Choferito Plena, Billumba-Palo Congo, Tribilin Cantore

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Nice solid album

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

This album has been difficult for me to get into. It's more sparse than I'm used to and despite the familiar rhythms (which have appeared in western music since) the melodies remain a bit out of reach. I'm sure that says more about me than the music itself, but maybe it'll click eventually

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Congas. Lots of congas

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

Fun but one song blended in to the next. It sounded like one long, energetic song.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

I like this. Not usually what I'd chose to listen to, but it is infectious.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
3

Interesting, because it's so different. I'm old enough to remember when they used to play El Cumbanchero on the radio.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Overall I enjoyed listening to it, but by the second song my wife made me turn it off the Sonos and listen with headphones

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Definitely never heard this and I don't feel culturally-literate enough to understand it's importance. At the risk of seeming like I'm lumping black/brown people music together, I will say that I love the polyrhythms and they remind me of a stripped down version of Fela Kuti. Eeek. Hope that's ok to say. I can't tell if I wish there were more instruments or if I like the simple arrangements. The real highlight other than the rhythms is the vocals. Lots of back-and-forth. Cool. It's good. I feel like I'm not a good judge. Giving it a three.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

This was fun.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Too much nativity drums and singing…

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Nisam stigo poslušat pa nisam iskreno ni mislio, however kad vidim od Bakija keca i Anite 4, reko moram. I zapravo je ovo super album, ne bih si ga nikad pustio, ali bi tipa def otišao na neki koncert toga bez razmišljanja. RESPECT!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

A different spin from 1001, this gives us some Afro-Cuban jams that a very much rhythmically-focused. As the name suggests, prepare for the congas. It's a nice slice from another part of the world, though the vocals leave little to be desired. It's best to consider them as part of the rhythm, with their call-and-response style that grounds the music. Overall, it's pretty simple, so it's not much to be impressed by. Sometimes a nice little album showcasing music from outside of the usual countries is all that's needed.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

3.5

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

Now I know where Tune Yards comes from. I wish I understood the lyrics. Flagging for later so I can grok this fully.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Fun album

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

An optimistic album with a sunny Caribbean sound. I like the tracks where they get wild or play the guitar well. Not all the tracks offer something, but there are plenty of pleasant surprises all throughout. They know when to sing / shout, or when to just let the instruments do the work. Favorites: Choferito-Plena, Simba, Tribilin Cantore

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Fine, but not for me

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Good background music. Can't say I would just go listen to this as it's not that exciting, so won't rate higher than a 3.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Conga music that focuses just a bit too much solely on the rythm to provide any but a decent but not very memorable experience

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Interesting for exposure but I prefer more melody and instrumentation in my Cuban music, not just the rhythm.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Fun record

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Mais opção de música cubana.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Curiós descobriment musical. Fusió de sonoritats caribenyes, africanes amb tocs de jazz i treballs vocals sorprenents. Original i força interessant

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Znowu egzotycznie, ale nie tak czarno jak w poprzednich dniach, bo wylosowalo klimaty kubanskie, a jak kuba to i rumba, bo takim gatukiem jest okreslana Palo Congo wedlug wiki, ale blizej temu do afro kubanskiego jazzu w swojej pierwotnie prymitywnej formie, bo jest to album z 57, dodatkowo jest to pierwsze nagranie pan Sabu, czyli Sabu Martineza, jako dyrygenta tej congowej orkiestry skladajacej sie z 5 czlonkow, dodatkowymi instrumentami jakie mozna zaslyszec na nagrania jest kontrabas i bongosy, no i elektryczna gitara, ktora jest tutaj najwiekszym zaskoczeniem na traku rhapsodia del maravilloso czy tribilín cantore, ale tak jak tytul wskazuje jest to congowy album, a nie ma chyba instrumentu ktory bardziej kojarzy niz sie z muzyka pierwotna grana u zarania dziejow jak wlasnie afrykanskie bebny, w tym wypadku kubanskie kongi, ktore na kawalkach calkowicie instrumentalnych jak asabache, czy pierwsza czesc simba potrafia wrecz zahipnotyzowac swym brzmieniem, ale nie jest to plyta calkowicie instrumentalna, bo rownie wazne jak instruemtale dla tonu tego nagrania sa takze wokale, ktore stanowia czesci centralne wokol ktorych budowana jest muzyka na wiekszosci utworow, a wokale sa prowadzone zazwyczaj w formie dialogow pomiedzy majstrem, moze konduktorem Sabu, a reszta skladu lub chorkami o kobiecych glosach powtarzajacych slowa konduktora, pomimo tego ze czlek rozumie jedno na dziesiec slow rzucanych na lewo i prawo, glownie na prawo, bo mastering zazwyczaj wrzuca wokale na prawa strone na kongosy na lewy kanal, ale nie jest to regula, bo podczas dialogow pytanie dobiega z prawej, zeby dostac odpowiedz z lewej i tak dalej, wiec niezbyt duzo zrozumialem, ale klimat odczulem na wlasnych uszach, tak jak pierwotnie moga brzmiec kongosy, takie dialogi rowniez wprowadzaja jakas ogniskowa atmosfere, wiec kolejny niespodziewany pick na tak bialej liscie, na plejke dodam otwierajacy el cumbanchero i wspomniany juz wczesniej instrumental asabache

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

dancing in my chair 🕺 puts me back in Havana

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Rumba cubana

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Sun May 15 2022
3

Nandos music

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Забавная музыка. Этника. Не моё, но прикольно. Весело.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

There's something oddly ancient about this, which is not just because the record is, frankly, 65 years old; for some reason it doesn't feel like a 1957 recording made in a New York studio, it feel much older and stranger somehow. Can't explain it. Far from my usual fodder, but I like it.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

7/5/2022 - ALBUM #159 Today's Album: "Palo Congo" by Sabu - Being another Latin jazz dance album, I yet again find myself unable to really give this album a proper review. In comparison to the other projects I've heard, this one kind of falls in line. In terms of ways that this album does stand out, I would say there is definitely a strong focus on the fast percussion and lively rhythmic expression in these tracks. When there are vocals, it often comes in the form of some sort of chant. Some are just a solo voice, while others are sort of a call and response. The track Billumba-Palo Congo for instance is mostly a backing bongo and conga as a man says a variety of lines followed by a few female vocalists repeating the same chant after each one. There is also more of an emphasis on the sound and expression of the vocals and less on the tone and range of the performances. In my personal taste, I think the album sort of gains and loses interest for me throughout the track list and the songs that are much more lively and rely mostly on the fantastic improv percussion playing are much more enjoyable than the more repetitive chanting tracks. Overall, this is a pretty unique Latin jazz album that offers a lot of variety. Give this one a listen if you like a lot of conga and bongo. Highlights: El Cumbanchero, Asabache, Rhapsodia Del Maravilloso Score: 6.5/10 Pretty enjoyable and danceable Latin Jazz album

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Not bad, wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it again

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

Palo Congo is a solid Latin jazz album. However, we already had Tito Puente and Machito. I would have preferred a Django Reinhardt album. (5/10) FT: El cumbanchero

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

en plein ce a quoi je m'attendais. Un bon band de jazz des antilles. C'est très bon 3.5

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Drums and call and response, that’s it

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

pretty decent but not really my thing

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Good jazz, enjoyed the vibe

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

I enjoyed the Latin rhythms but felt lost because I don’t speak the language and had no context for the lyrics.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Great rhythms, but a little monotonous at times with the drums.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

This is a hard one to judge - I was thinking about what I liked about it and mostly what I came up with were "at least it's not" statements or caveats. I like that it's not from the UK. I like that it's not new wave, folk rock or late 90s EDM. I like that it doesn't go for too long. I feel that it would be cool... to watch live while cooked out of my head. I liked the simplicity of it all (it's basically just drums and singing, with an occasional guitar) and the "let's just get everyone in the street to have a sing" kinda feel. But at the same time, even 40min became pretty monotonous when entire songs were nothing more than people banging drums with some halfwit screaming, cawing like a crow and making that annoying AAAAIIIAIAIAIAIAII noise over the top (and ugh, was that a fucking whistle?) I think in a fair universe, I would only give this a 2/5. But in a fair universe, I also wouldn't be subjected to PJ Harvey albums twice a week in a list of BEST MUSIC OF ALL TIME. So this gets a novelty 3/5.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

was fine, background music

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Decent album overall, some instrumental/vocal parts were a bit long without adding anything I felt. Liked the listening and ambiance. 3.5/5

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Good atmosphere on this one

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

I couldn't figure out if this was South American or African?? It was pretty raw

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I enjoyed this, envisioned myself surrounded by palm trees and cold drinks while waves crashed around me. It put my in a good mood.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Vibes a plenty, not much to go off of from my background

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Very drummer but in a wonderful way.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

One gets a pre-James Brown vibe. One gets the feeling that this is pure music, deeply primal and truly rhythmic. One admires more than loves it.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

favourite song: el bumbanchero least favourite song: simba it was interesting and not something i really consider bad enough to get below 3 stars, even though there were moments i struggled with

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

Rumba cubana. Ni fu ni fa.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

Good stuff

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Straight bongo vibes

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Enerverende afrikansk trommemusik. Meget gentagende og langt. Ikke noget for mig

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Doesn't do a whole lot for me, it's not offensive and just sorta there. It was in the background while I was coding and it wasn't the worst. Very rhythm heavy, obviously. But, ehh. I finished the album and some other random ones came up in the playlist by Sabu (Volvera for example), which were much more interesting.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

Wel lekker latin albumpje, maar niet geweldig

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Not my type in of vibe

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

cuban jazz. Enjoyed some of the more tuneful parts, but also a lot of rambling rhythmic chanty bits that were repetitive and boring. Not sure this is my kinda thing, don't think i'd listen again.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

1957, Cuban rumba

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Fri Feb 12 2021
2

was fun to listen to and read about

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

Classic 50s Cuban music with some afro vibes. 4/10.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Wouldn't seek the album out to listen to again.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Different, but not particularly good

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Just a bunch of talk

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

Didn't hate this but not feeling it today, couldn't finish.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Not my vibe, I couldn’t find the gem but still quality sound.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
2

It's ok.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

I might be able to chalk this up to my own ignorance but I just couldn't get too into this. Not being much of a samba fan at all, I can still give credit to the decent musicianship but I don't love the singing ("Simba" in particular is especially annoying). Maybe would be more up my alley if this were all instrumental - e.g. "Rhapsodia Del Maravilloso" is a highly enjoyable uptempo song highlighted by fantastic guitar playing. 2 stars for feeling like I can't rate it properly - just not my bag. 3/10 2 stars

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

i didn’t hate it but i didn’t really like it. i thought it was kinda boring and repetitive but i liked the drumming, but it was a lot of similar stuff throughout.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
2

4/10. The second song was pretty annoying. Wait, I think that might just be the whole album. The songs are so long and repetitive. The ones that are just instrumentals are actually alright, but nothing super exciting. Overall not my favorite, but nothing that stands out as awful

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Really puts the "Afro-" in Afro-Cuban. Typical Latin sounds morphing into tribal beats and back. Good grooves, but really repetitive and a bit too raw for me.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

I want to be respectful of other cultures, but this ain't it. There are three tracks on this album that are worth mentioning. The others are repetitive, borderline nonsensical calls-and-response over congas. Lots and lots of congas. Congas for days. You better really like congas if you're going to pick this one up. Best track: Choferito-Plena

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Not great. Congo drums not the move

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Aparte muziek. Iets wat ik normaal nooit luister. Klinkt wel gezellig. Een heel album is me wel iets teveel. Heb ook geen idee of dit album beter of slechter is dan normaal. Voor mij persoonlijk leuk voor een paar nummers, maar niet helemaal lineair te luisteren. De nummers met alleen getrommel irriteren me vooral. **

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Yeah, it’s peppy.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
2

I respect it.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
2

Great conga playing but not my style for a regular listen. Glad it was included though

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Muy mnie también.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

This is another album I'm not equipped to judge. But I'll do it. :) Pros: These songs only have percussion, one guitar, and vocals. That's actually an impressive level of simplicity. Also, I do like the "call and answer" vocals on a lot of these songs. It's fun. Cons: I don't get it. I don't really know what I'm listening to, what makes it good, who else performs in the genre, etc.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

it's good for a couple of songs as it's very different and the bongo solos are awesome, but by the end it feels like just bongos and shouting

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

I can imagine this encapsulates the Cuban sound very well but to me an average listener its just loud noises that come off as very annoying. Especially in the second track which is just frequent yelling over bongo drums. However I did actually really enjoy the opening track. It's probably something that I just don't understand but this isn't an album I would be running to tell my friends and family about.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

I liked Rhapsodia Del Maravilloso. The rest was not for me.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

not my thing at all

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

What the fuck?

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Good

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Mon Apr 25 2022
2

Didn’t mind this but got a little repetitive by the end

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Fri May 13 2022
2

So 'Sabu' was a percussionist... that makes sense. The tunes with guitar etc are delightful, but 4/8 tracks of just hypnotic drumming and vocals is a lot, even for me. Probably best experienced live, outdoors, while performing some sort of mystic ritual.

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Thu May 26 2022
2

An interesting listen, and an important "historical" document for fans of the genre (and conga players, I imagine). But I doubt even them will select this as the sort of album out of whom they take the most pleasure overall. But what do I know about those things, eh? Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter  Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter (including this one)

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

okay. This style of music is not my favorite.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Heard before: no Another album where I’m sure the context would elevate it - if I was listening to the band perform live, I might tell you it’s amazing. Listening to it while doing the dishes, however, I got lost and bored.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
2

Got better as the album wore on, but I will give it a miss

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

It's a cool album if you're really into cuban rumba and percs, but I don't feel it really uplifting, engaging or catchy. I'll probably even forget I ever listened to that. The guitar parts were great and refreshing, tho.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

Good, but not enough to stand out. Neither bad or good, I'll probably forgot about he existence of this album in 5 minutes

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Fri Aug 19 2022
2

Look, I love Afro-Cuban music and percussions in general, but that one in particular got tiring real fast. Sounds like they had a lot of fun doing it, but it also sounds like I had no business listening to it.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

Not my cup of tea. But good background music when you are focusing on a task.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
2

Found this more repetitive than some others in the genre.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
2

The other day, as I worked in my garden, I heard someone down the block practising such rhythms on a djembé. It was hypnotic and virtuosic at the same time, like this album. Glad I discovered such a witness to the roots of much music today!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
2

Not my taste, so 2 stars

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Another background musicable latin music album. Nothing special. 1.5/5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Pretty okay, I liked the style and this is quite raw, it's both interesting and also a bit boring. It was nice discovering but I don't think I'll listen again. 2.5/5

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

so... I generally like this kind of music, it can be fun and energetic and tropical but the singing (musically) was a weak point and if the main balancing component to weak vocals is just bongos... it's not great. the song(s) with guitar faired much better than those of only bongos to my ears. Bongos by design and function are quite repetitive and need a solid musical balance to be effective. In the end, it just didn't feel *fun* to me, which is the only reason I ever listen to this genre of music.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Interesting but probably not going to be a regular listen.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

This fucking website made me listen to religious African music. But when I think about it I ironically enjoyed my catholic church's songs about Jesus so I guess I can ironically enjoy this one too. First Listen?: Y (no shit) Fav. Track(s): the one with the congas Rating: 2/5

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Thu Oct 13 2022
2

I respect the musicianship, but was not in the mood for 40 minutes of bongos and Santeria chants.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
2

Palo Congo is the 1957 debut album by conga player Sabu Martinez with Arsenio Rodriquez and his brothers Raul and Quique. This is a Cuban rumba album with a focus on percussion, specifically the conga drum. This is one of the more interesting albums that I have listened to because of this 1001 albums journey. It wasn't bad, but it's just drum beating with unique vocals over top.

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