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Michel Martelly: Amba Rad La

Album Notes

Haitian vocalist Michel Martelly fronts an eccentric band on his Amba Rad La album from 1990. In addition to Martelly's charismatic vocals and his colorful clavier playing, Alex Tropnas plays guitar, Welton Desire and Doff Chancy both play bass, Ansito Mercier plays the percussion, and a number of other vocalists supply the background vocals. The result is a lively variation of Caribbean music that's just as much influenced by the Latin tradition as it is the Jamaican reggae tradition. The album only features six songs, but all of them are rather lengthy, particularly the album-closing "Mickey's Rara," which clocks in at nearly 14 minutes. ~ Jason Birchmeier


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