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Star Band de Dakar - Psicodelia Afro-Cubana de Senegal LP

Ostinato Records

2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, when the Cuban way won hearts, minds, and ears across Africa. This album is the soundtrack to a time when Cuban music was the future for 1970s Senegal.

Changüí, Guajira, Salsa, and Son mingle with cosmic Mbalax guitars, Sabar rhythms, Afro-Latin horns, and Spanish vocals spiced with a Senegalese twang. The finest gumbo of Cuban and Senegalese sounds.

With just two microphones and a four-track Revox tape recorder, Star Band recorded their entire catalog in Dakar's iconic Miami nightclub. Each album contained one stand-out Afro-Cuban tune. Six of Star Band's most psychedelic Afro-Cuban tracks, an ode to their finest hour, are selected here.

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