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ARTIST
TITLE
Wamato
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 1106CD STCD 1106CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/20/2015

2008 release. The first words heard on Wamato are "The Amazones are back with a vengeance!" You don't need to understand the language to hear the exultation in that female voice. The bravado and joy never let up until the sudden hush after the last notes of the last track. Formed in 1961, Les Amazones de Guinée is band composed of women in the Army of the Republic of Guinea. They don't play many marches anymore, though; they specialize in that singular mix of traditional West African music, jazz, Latin music, rock 'n' roll, and funk that Guinean bands like Bembeya Jazz National are famous for. Bembeya Jazz, however, never had a saxophonist like Commandant Djenabou Bah or a singer like Lt. M'mah Sylla. Wamato is the Amazones' second album, their first in 25 years, and it's a triumphant return.