(2017) Memórias

Carlos Lamartine

... read moreCarlos Lamartine released his first record in 1975. Memorias is a tribute to all the musicians and friends who have influenced and supported him, and who have helped keep Angolan traditions alive in his music. Judging by the drive on this album, those traditions are alive and well. A master of Semba...

59′:49″ 10 Songs

1
Carlos Lamartine
Ki U Kotame Ki U Konde
5:14
2
Carlos Lamartine
Sanga Lalé
4:50
3
Carlos Lamartine
Bela Negra
6:00
4
Carlos Lamartine
Ela Caiu Na Lama
6:10
5
Carlos Lamartine
N'vunda Ku Muceque
6:01
6
Carlos Lamartine
Africa Chora Pena
5:56
7
Carlos Lamartine
Imbondeiro Gigantesco
7:45
8
Carlos Lamartine
Miguel Éué
5:01
9
Carlos Lamartine
Damba Maria
6:45
10
Carlos Lamartine
Tenda Dia Losa
6:07
Released 05 January 2017, ℗ Sons D'Africa

Review

Carlos Lamartine released his first record in 1975. Memorias is a tribute to all the musicians and friends who have influenced and supported him, and who have helped keep Angolan traditions alive in his music. Judging by the drive on this album, those traditions are alive and well. A master of Semba, the Angolan prototype of Brazilian Samba, Carlos Lamartine gives the listener a precious gift of extraordinarily powerful compositions, most of which are based on traditional Angolan rhythms. His soulful voice has that gritty rasp characteristic of Angolan singers. The first track is a slow-ish dance song that shows Cuban influences. Angola has been a battleground for many years and the Cubans sent in by Castro to aid the Angolan struggle left their mark on Angolan music. "Sanga Lale," another dance song, gathers momentum thanks to the percussion crew's solid backing. "Bela Negra" is a dance rhythm that shows the variety of Angolan dance tradition. Each of the compositions, lyrics and music all by Carlos Lamartine, has a distinct feel and different rhythm. This fact makes for repeated enjoyable listening and sets this music apart from formulaic albums that do not hold up. "N'vunda ku Muceque" is a searing Semba that cooks, propelled by what seems to be innumerable percussion instruments. This track is included on Angola 90's, an excellent compilation on Buda, 82962-2. "Damba Maria" is an extended Cuban cha-cha, a finely crafted piece of melody and movement. Throughout this album, the horns are fat and the arrangements are top-shelf. The percussion comes at you from all directions and is relentless. Memorias is made from the prima materia of African music. A memorable album and one of the Top Ten African albums of 1997. ~ Mark Romano