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Postby studio7conga » Wed May 18, 2011 3:52 am

I've been studying Mozambique recently and looking for recorded folkloric and more contemporary (ie Latin jazz and salsa) examples. Latin jazz and it's integration of this rhythm would be particularly interesting. Could anyone point me to some specific songs, that are available on, say, iTunes or YouTube? Thanks a lot.
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Re: Mozambique

Postby JohnnyConga » Wed May 18, 2011 5:18 am

Here is the classic by Eddie Palmieri-Mozambique from the 60's....with just Tommy Lopez congas and Manny Oquendo timbales...smokin!.... and another one ... re=related I love the way Tommy plays it on this one...
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Re: Mozambique

Postby jorge » Wed May 18, 2011 1:07 pm

There are at least two different styles called Mozambique, the New York style of Manny Oquendo and Tommy Lopez that JC posted above, and the Cuban style developed by Pedro Izquierdo, Pello el Afrokan and his group several years earlier. Both are based on the conga de comparsa adapted to a smaller group, but other than that they are quite different. Listen to the background in this video of Armando Peraza talking about Pello el Afrokan. That is the classic Pello style mozambique. The percussion in the Cuban versions is much more clearly recorded than in the New York versions I have heard. Although I have seen him play a mozambique by himself on 3 congas accompanied by timbales and bells, Pello would typically have 3 to 5 drummers, each playing at least 2 congas, several players on bells and frying pans, plus bombo, rebajador, bass, tres, horns and Pello's unique style of singing. You can try to adapt it to latin jazz or funk, but without at least 3 percussionists, it is hard to get it to really swing like Pello's sound.
Lots of other stuff from Pello on YouTube. I like Pello's CD "Un Sabor que Canta" on Ediciones Vitral / Egrem from around 1988. It is a well-recorded updated selection of mozambiques, some from the early 1960s. I think may have a few copies left.
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