Pokito a Poko (Sony Music Spain/Norte, 2005)
One of the finest world music CDs from Spain is now available in North
Pokito a Poko is the latest by Flamenco chill out Chambao, from Málaga.
As a band from southern Spain, Chambao represents the true essence of Andalusian
charm and beauty. This is no Ojos de Brujo clone, but rather a more exciting group that has much deeper Andalusian roots.
Pokito a Poko combines poetic lyrics and passionate Flamenco (not the light
rumba many other groups practice) with laid back, dreamy, blues, jazz and edgy
chill out electronic sounds.
Chambao’s repertory includes spirited songs and juergas with Flamenco percussive jams using palmas (handclap percussion), as well as beautiful relaxed pieces. The other influences include Latin rhythms and Spanish popular song.
The group is led by the charismatic vocals of the charming Maria del Mar del Rodriguez (Lamari) and the warm guitar and backing vocals of Eduardo Casañ (Eledi).
The US release includes a bonus DVD with 5 excellent music videos by Chambao.
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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.