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Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca

Raised in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as Zaire at the time) with Angolan family roots, Ricardo Lemvo came to the US in the 1980s to pursue a law degree and ended up devoting his life to music. He has recorded numerous international hit songs, which have earned him fame not only in North America and Europe but also in Angola, Colombia, Senegal and many other countries. "I'm always hearing Ricardo's songs in unexpected places," notes Edgar, who travels widely researching music trends, "I've heard Mambo Yo Yo blasting from speakers in Barcelona, Cartagena, Paris, Dakar, Istanbul…I even heard it at a club in Tokyo not long ago. Ricardo is one of those rare artists whose music has universal appeal."

 

La Rumba Soy Yo is a multinational undertaking that was recorded in three continents and four countries (US, Canada, France, Angola). It took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him looking back to his Angolan roots for inspiration. Three of the songs were written in collaboration with Angolan artists (Calo Pascoal, Kyaku Kyadaff, Adao Filipe) and the styles featured include Cuban and African rumba and soukous, Angolan kizomba and semba and Cuban son and salsa. The title track offers an upbeat and irresistible tropical hook that will certainly be one of the party anthems of this summer and many years to come.

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June 24, 2014 — 

 

La Rumba SoYo, the new album from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, is out today on Cumbancha. A multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola), La Rumba SoYo took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him diving even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration.

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca are currently on tour bringing their danceable blend of African and Latin music to cities around the US and Canada, click here for a current list of tour dates.

"With fantastic musicianship and harmonies that enthrall, La Rumba SoYo sounds like a street party you have to dance your way through. Bright horns, fantastic bass lines, amazing percussion, and melodies that linger for days La Rumba SoYo has it all." - POP! Stereo Review

"Rumba SoYo" is a Top 10 Latin Summer Song of 2014 - Billboard
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May 29, 2014 — 

La Rumba SoYo, the new album from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, is a multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola). It took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him diving even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration. Cumbancha will release the album in North America on June 24, 2014 and in Europe and the rest of the world this fall.
 
With his band Makina Loca, the Los Angeles-based singer produces an appealing blend of African and Cuban music that has earned him a worldwide following. Lemvo's early recordings drew mainly from Congolese rumba and soukous mixed with Cubanson and salsa. His 1998 hit "Mambo Yo Yo," which appeared on the first of two albums he released on Putumayo, can be heard to this day pouring out of taxicabs and on salsa club dance floors in Cartagena, New York, Tokyo, Paris and beyond.

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