Vibrant Mbalax Pioneers

Royal Band de Thiès -  Kadior Demb

Royal Band de Thiès –
Kadior Demb

Royal Band de Thiès

Kadior Demb (Teranga Beat TBCD 016CD, 2012)

Kadior Demb is an unreleased album by dazzling Senegalese group Royal Band de Thiès. Led by vocalists and composers James Gadiaga & Secka, Royal Band de Thiès was one of the pioneers of the exciting Senegalese genre known as mbalax. Kadior Demb brings together a powerful mix of mbalax, Afro-Cuban influences and Afro Jazz.

Royal Band de Thiès had a fabulous rhythm section, bringing traditional Senegalese drumming, horn riffs, engaging vocals, and creative guitar lines into the mix. They were a true melting pot of musical traditions from Africa, Europe, North America and the Spanish speaking Caribbean.

Kadior Demb is a real-time; two-microphone recording that has a totally live feel to it and sounds entirely fresh. The album includes fascinating biographical details about the musicians and comes in various formats, including CD and double gatefold LP.

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About Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel 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. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled "Los sueños de Angélica.".