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Tumbao Habana – Tumbao Habana

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In my view this is their finest work but I’m not sure 

that this first Tumbao Habana album is one many people will rave about. There are no “in your face” hits but in its unobtrusive way it’s really pretty good and deserves an ear. The songs are  tension builders that chug along at a comfortable dance pace, most with enough harmonic and percussive interest to hold my attention. The band’s virtuosity is not brash or extrovert and unlike a lot of Timba of its day, the arrangements develop interest by leaving space, rather than filling it. Sometimes less really can be more. While some more obvious titles have fallen off my playlist over the years, many of these remain.
There’s a lot of shouted coro and gears, that much is Timba, as are the use of percussion efectos. In a hark back to more traditional music, opening verses are often sung in harmony before forming a coro as a solo lead enters. The coro tends towards a lazy drawl and to avoid comfortable harmonic resolution. These tunes are well crafted and played. All in all, there’s more going on in this than might at first meet the ear. I particularly recommend La Fiesta, Fefa La Oriental, Vaiven, and Escape. To go out with a bang, and a well placed quote from old La Charanga Habanera, also Que Te Lleve Otro. Recommended, definitely worth a punt.
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  •     01 La Fiesta
  •     02 Fefa La Oriental
  •     03 Se Va El Tren
  •     04 Ahórrame Dinero
  •     05 Vaiven
  •     06 Escape
  •     07 Relación International
  •     08 Lo Que Pasó Conmigo
  •     09 Pero Ya Ves
  •     10 Que Te Lleve Otro

01 *La Fiesta*

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02 *Fefa La Oriental*

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03 Se Va El Tren

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04 Ahórrame Dinero

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05 *Vaiven*

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06 *Escape*

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07 Relación International

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08 Lo Que Pasó Conmigo

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09 Pero Ya Ves

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10 Que Te Lleve Otro

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