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A very hypnotic album. Love it! --WorldMusic.co.uk
Fonseca is without doubt an inventive and gifted pianist. --Morning Star
The phrase Blew me away has been overused to the point of cliché but by the end of the opening track 80 s I was literally breathless: the rush of rhythm and percussion and Fonseca s piano hits you like an assault ... Every track is remarkable for the feel and the emotional intensity of the playing as well as the integrity of the performances ... This is modern Cuban music at its absolute best. Wow." ***** --Music-News
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That's quite apparent on the first cut here, "'80s", which builds on Hancock's work from that time, heavily rhythmic -- except the rhythms are Cuban -- and moving between some outstanding piano work and some low-key Hammond for a very joyful noise.
From there he switches tack completely, bringing up an Afro-Cuban soft groove for "Bibisa", working with singer Fatoumata Diawara as well as kora and ngoni.
It's beautifully successful, a fusion that works elsewhere on the disc, with "Chabani" connecting the dots between Cuba and Algeria, while "Gnawa" delves into the Moroccan gnawa tradition.
There's plenty of Cuba throughout, but it's at its strongest on "7 Rayos", which is an homage to Santeria.
Fonseca is a towering presence all over the disc, whether he's touching blues on "Asi Es la Vida" or trading lines with electric kora on "JMF".
There's a glorious fluidity to his playing, but he's also an excellent listener, working well with the other musicians.
This disc will greatly enhance his reputation, and definitely raises him up several notches. C Nickson
Akokan - Roberto Fonseca
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Challenging but brilliant the more you listen the better it gets. I will keep an eye out for other albumsPublished on 15 Feb. 2013 by mr c bellis
A fusion of cultures, latin, african beats .....something new...... great to run to. This album will make you want to move.Published on 14 Dec. 2012 by Ms. E. Hawkins