Africa and the Caribbean Together

Africando to perform at World Salsa Congress, May 28

By Dena Burroughs
Published on LatinoLA: May 21, 2004

Africa and the Caribbean Together

Eleven years ago, musical director Boncana Maiga, from Mali, and producer Ibrahimi Sylla, from Senegal, brought together musicians Adalberto Santiago, Ronnie Baro, Sergio George, Bobby Allende and others from New York, and three singers from Senegal: Pape Seck, Nicolas Menheim and Medoune Diallo. Together they created a new band with a new sound, which they called Africando.

Africando, which in the Senegalese language Wolof means ?Africa advancing together?, has since its conception put together African and Caribbean sounds through the diverse expertise of its members. Its repertoire includes songs with lyrics in several African languages, such as Wolof, Kiswahili, Mandingue, Sambara, and Fon, as well as some in Spanish. Many of the songs are written and arranged by Boncana Maiga.

Even though Africando?s line-up has undergone a series of changes, such as the unfortunate and untimely loss of singer Pape Seck to liver cancer in 1995, their sound has remained strong and appealing.

The quality of Africando?s music has been recognized by musicians around the world, and validated by the enthusiasm of famous groups like Orquesta Aragon to cover their songs, i.e. the 1994 hit ?Yaye Boy?.

Some of Africando?s latest voice collaborators include Salif Keita, from Mali, the ?Golden voice of Africa?, whose fantastic voice sings ?Ntoman? on the ?Betece? CD, and Koffi Olomide and Lokua Kanza from Congo, two well recognized singers in Africa, who recorded ?Mopao? and ?Miye Na We? respectively, on the same CD.

For the first time ever in the U.S., Africando will perform on Friday May 28th as part of the 6th West Coast Salsa Congress at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood. The $40 tickets can be purchased by calling 310/445 9705, logging to http://www.atpevents, or at the door.
To see and listen to what is coming our way, visit Africafest.com/Africando.

Africando is traveling a long way to appear in Los Angeles. Do not miss it!!

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