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ARTIST
TITLE
Soul Makossa
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
CSM 282CD CSM 282CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/8/2014

Toño Quirazco was a true musical chameleon, skipping from one genre to another, always capturing its essence while giving it his own unique touch. Having conquered ska and boogaloo, here he tries his hand at Afrobeat! The album's title-track is a cover of Manu Dibango's great "Soul Makossa," which retains the funky groove of the original but with the addition of lots of groovy Hammond organ. The album is loads of fun as Toño and his group dish out plate after plate of tasty early '70s funk with a distinctive Latino twist. (The album also credits Las Gemelas De Oro ["The Golden Twins"], two foxy go-go dancers whom, it seems, had nothing to do with the recording of this album whatsoever!) A recurring feature of the album is Toño's creative riffing on "Makossa" and we have in addition to the original "Makossa en Acapulco," "Tequila Makossa," "Psicosis de Makossa," and "Makossa de Tokio." Other tracks include the gloriously funky "Sesión verde," "Elena," "Mi Loco (Parte Dos)," "Lily," and "Happiness (Felicidad)."