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5.0 out of 5 stars They live in Paris, 11 July 2003
This review is from: EMIGRANTE (Audio CD)
which is why we see them so often here, but if anything this offering is even more Cuban in feel than 'A lo cubano'.
?Que Pasa? is typical:
--Que es lo que pasa
--En mi barrio
--Eh, psss tu asere
--Mi gente me escucha
[in the Royal Albert Hall, I guess]
There's less scratching than on the previous album and there are fewer immediately catchy grooves - oh, and once or twice the rapping sounds like Snoop Dogg - but this makes for a more rounded record with some fine musicianship.
My copy got knicked last week, but it's some sort of recommendation that I'm going to fork out for it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mexellent!, 30 April 2003
This review is from: EMIGRANTE (Audio CD)
For those of us in search of the ultimate fusion music, such as brazilian drum'n'bass, french downtempo or African Nujazz (Hmmm), Orishas has provided us once again with their unique hybrid of hip hop beats combined with a distinct Latino undertone, and a hint of french thrown in too. Released two years after their stunningly successful debut album 'A lo cubano', the bands latest album 'emigrante' portrays a more mature sound from the group, with music to suit several moods. Whilst the album contains several up-beat classics, with meaty hip hop basslines and fast melodics, such as 'El ray de pachacha' and 'ninos', the group have also proven they can produce a less aggressive sound (eg. Mujer and Ausencia)that is ideal as background music. As a result, this album is one of those rare gems that will suit your mood depending on what volume you want! One point to note at this stage is this: If you're after deep and meaningful lyrics you better be fluent in spanish, mexican, cuban and well versed in french too, otherwise you won't have a clue what they're on about.....However, that being said, and this may seem a trifle shallow, it has got a good beat! If you like the Buena Vista social club, and can appreciate the likes of their fabled rivals, Ozomatli, then this is the album for you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kings of Cuban Hip Hop do it Again, 6 Jun 2003
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I loved 'A Lo Cubano', Orishas' first album. It made me just want to jump around my room gesturing like a gangster or salsa like a woman possesed, so I bought this album, having heard none of the tracks, too. At first, I have to confess, I wasn't sure; it feels slower, less frenzied. There is less scratching and more real musicianship, Roldan sings a lot more, there even seems to be more of his soulful voice than there is rapping. It's true, apart from the track 'Ninos', I don't really want to jump around or salsa quite as much. Actually, I want to listen to it, I want to really feel it. In short, I love it. Orishas have created an album which doesn't try to replicate 'A Lo Cubano', but builds on it, is more mature, perhaps reflecting their own processes of growing up. I can't wait to see where they will go with their next album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 24 April 2003
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This record is just amazing. I can't believe how Orishas managed to mix their own rhythms and beats to and old kind of music and make it sound this good! All the tracks are really good, and some are just great, like "que pasa", "asi fue", "ausencia", and "emigrantes". I enjoyed listening to this record so much because I know spanish, and it's great to know what they're singing, but of course the rhythms are good enough on this album to make anyone who doesn't know spanish buy it.
Buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orishas call up the 2nd Spirit of Hip Hop, 10 Jun 2003
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For anyone interested in the origins of music the Orishas are the gods of music related to thunder, wind, water, hunting, dancing e.t.c. For anyone interested in the history of music this group provide the most lively, upbeat and enlightening music of a generation. This second album of Orishas is timely intervention of cuban beats into the modern computerised world of hip hop. Like A Lo Cubano there is an amazing style visualised in their music. Guitars, flutes, trobones and trumpets, live percussion, good voices and resplendant scratching and bAbAbass are overlayed to call all listeners into a overload of uncomprable hip hop.... Much of the album is live from a Parisien concert which helps to persuade all listeners of the value of live hip hop and lyrics delve into reasons to respect the cuban view of life, music and women. A Lo Cuban, the first album that gave life to such classics as Mistica, Represent, A Lo Cubano and 537 Cuba you should as it can be considered the definitive hip hop album of 1999-2000 for its hard rythem and rhyme and like most hip hop albums, incomprehensible (they rap/wordplay in the language of the cuban barrios) but deeply interesting lyrics. This new contribution from the Orishas of Cuba delves into the undiscovered underground world of live rap. THey may lack Flaco Pro's contribution however guest appearances give extra dimensions to the central three, Roldan, Ruzzo and Yotuel. A Lo Cubano was the first hip hop album I listened too and I reckon it's the best. I also reckon to Orishas being the best live act. You will never meet a people more descriptive in their expression of musical love than the cubans. I haven't seen them live but this CD gives a good impression of the atmosphere and ambience created by the dark and descriptive cuban music society. If they decide to visit your town go and see them. If you have enough money buy the CD twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orishas call up the 2nd spirit of hip hop, 10 Jun 2003
This review is from: EMIGRANTE (Audio CD)
For anyone interested in the origins of music the Orishas are the gods of music related to thunder, wind, water, hunting, dancing e.t.c. For anyone interested in the history of music this group provide the most lively, upbeat and enlightening music of a generation. This second album of Orishas is timely intervention of cuban beats into the modern computerised world of hip hop. Like A Lo Cubano there is an amazing style visualised in their music. Guitars, flutes, trobones and trumpets, live percussion, good voices and resplendant scratching and bAbAbass are overlayed to call all listeners into a overload of uncomprable hip hop.... Much of the album is live from a Parisien concert which helps to persuade all listeners of the value of live hip hop and lyrics delve into reasons to respect the cuban view of life, music and women. A Lo Cuban, the first album that gave life to such classics as Mistica, Represent, A Lo Cubano and 537 Cuba you should as it can be considered the definitive hip hop album of 1999-2000 for its hard rythem and rhyme and like most hip hop albums, incomprehensible (they rap/wordplay in the language of the cuban barrios) but deeply interesting lyrics. This new contribution from the Orishas of Cuba delves into the undiscovered underground world of live rap. THey may lack Flaco Pro's contribution however guest appearances give extra dimensions to the central three, Roldan, Ruzzo and Yotuel. A Lo Cubano was the first hip hop album I listened too and I reckon it's the best. I also reckon to Orishas being the best live act. You will never meet a people more descriptive in their expression of musical love than the cubans. I haven't seen them live but this CD gives a good impression of the atmosphere and ambience created by the dark and descriptive cuban music society. If they decide to visit your town go and see them. If you have enough money buy the CD twice.
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