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Afro Roots


Download links and information about Afro Roots by Mongo Santamaria. This album was released in 1989 and it belongs to Jazz, Latin genres. It contains 21 tracks with total duration of 01:17:02 minutes.

Artist: Mongo Santamaria
Release date: 1989
Genre: Jazz, Latin
Tracks: 21
Duration: 01:17:02
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No. Title Length
1. Afro Blue 3:55
2. Che-Que-Re-Que-Che-Que 1:43
3. Rezo 2:11
4. Ayenye 2:37
5. Onyae 3:27
6. Bata 2:26
7. Meta Rumba 3:31
8. Chano Pozo 2:36
9. Los Conguitos 2:10
10. Monte Adentro 3:29
11. Imaribayo 2:02
12. Mazacote 10:34
13. Ye Ye 2:59
14. Congobel 2:54
15. Macunsere 2:57
16. Timbales y Bongo 7:10
17. Yambu 4:02
18. Bricamo 4:19
19. Longoito 3:15
20. Conga Pa Gozar 4:03
21. Columbia 4:42



A CD reissue of a mid-'70s repackaging of Mongo Santamaria's first two Fantasy albums, 1958's Yambu and 1959's Mongo, Afro-Roots is superb Latin jazz. Although these were Santamaria's first albums as a leader, the conga player had already worked with PĂ©rez Prado, Tito Puente, and Cal Tjader, giving him absolutely impeccable Latin jazz credentials to go along with his obviously amazing chops. Considering that these albums were recorded for a general jazz audience and the tight, concise arrangements don't allow Santamaria room to stretch out as he did in concert (most of the songs are in the two- to three-minute range), Afro-Roots is still an impressively genuine album; although the '50s were the age of Martin Denny-style exotica kitsch, most of these tracks are extremely traditional Cuban music. Some, like "Bata" and "Timbales y Bongo," are simply hypnotic solos on the titular instruments, while others are traditional Afro-Cuban folk songs and chants. The delightful original "Afro Blue," which quickly became a Latin jazz standard, almost sounds out of place in this setting.