Sampling, Much More than Vocal Tricks

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Madrid, Spain – After half an hour of concert, the
peaceful atmosphere of Madrid´s Calle 54 club – the hottest European Latin jazz
spot, created by moviemaker Fernando Trueba- was totally forgotten. By voice,
talent, wit and heart,
Vocal
Sampling
achieved what no band had been able to do: make everybody dance
without playing an instrument. The recent Spanish tour by the six-voice strong
Sampling has received raving reviews as the audiences become familiar the songs
off their latest album Cambio de Tiempo (Decca, 2002). Vocal Sampling is a band where all the instruments are sung instead of
played. In addition to the lead vocals and the background choruses, all the
instruments of the Cuban orchestra are vocally reproduced: percussion, horns,
keyboards, bass, and all the other instruments. There is no technical
manipulation and no other instruments are used.

The group is comprised of six young Cuban men in their twenties, all
accomplished instrumentalists and arrangers, who met at music school. What began
as an amusing after-school game has become their full-time career.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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