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ARTIST
TITLE
Ketukuba
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 1103CD STCD 1103CD
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RELEASE DATE
12/4/2012

2006 release. Ketukuba stands as a tribute to the late Gnonnas Pedro, Benin's favorite son, who sang with Africando from 1996 until his death in 2004. The title song was his last recording. Medoune Diallo, who earned his reputation with Orchestre Baobob before casting his lot with the nascent Africando in 1992, added to his distinguished repertoire with a duet with his son, Lodia Mansour, a rising star in Senegal today. Other Africando stalwarts, Amadou Ballaké (Burkina Faso's pre-eminent singer) and Sékouba Bambino (the "baby" star of Guinea's Bembeya Jazz National) also contributed standout songs to the new album. American salsero Joe King gave a rousing rendition of the Fania All-Stars classic "Nina Nina." And Congolese star Madilu "System" Bialu joined Africando for a sparkling Latin-styled version of "Mario," the landmark hit he originally recorded with Franco's T.P.O.K. Jazz in 1985. (He died a year after making this record.) The sparking arrangements for Ketukuba were written and conducted by Nelson Hernandez, who is known for his work with Celia Cruz, Oscar D'Leon and many other Latin stars.