Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loka
"One of the most potent musical marriages imaginable, the Cuban son with the African soukous." -The Boston Globe
Thursday, Oct 9
8 pm $25
OPEN DANCE FLOOR!
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."
Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. Lemvo's blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.”
He is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. Lemvo is truly multi-cultural and equally at home singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Lingala, and Kikongo.
Lemvo's six CDs, have been enthusiastically acclaimed by both print and broadcast media worldwide. His latest is the 2014 Cumbancha release, "La Rumba Soy Yo". The Beat Magazine named Tata Masamba the CD of the year for 1996. The Miami Herald called Mambo Yo Yo "a treasure trove." São Salvador reached # 2 on the European World Music chart for May 2000. The New York Post described Ay Valeria! as "celestial, highly idiosyncratic,” and the New York Times proclaimed Isabela, a “most notable” World Music CD of 2007.