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Sample Track 1:
"Trabajala" from Roots Before Branches
Sample Track 2:
"Solo dos veces" from Roots Before Branches
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Album Pick 2012

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Something Else Reviews, Album Pick 2012 >>

No. 3: HENRY COLE AND THE AFROBEAT COLLECTIVE – ROOTS BEFORE BRANCHES: When Henry Cole sought to find a singular style of music that would appeal to the diverse tastes of his local Old St. Juan music scene, his search was over when he discovered the pioneering Afrobeat sounds of Fela Kuti. On that bedrock he piled on the dense jungle funk of Get Up With It-era Miles Davis, the Chicano soul fusion of War, the 50s and 60s jazz of New York, and the more contemporary sounds of indie rock … and more. Even rap is represented here, sort of, through socially conscious spoken word poetry uttered in Spanish instead of pidgin English or some West African dialect. Much of Cole’s audience might not understand what’s being said, but it matters little, because the grooves he and his band created are universally understood and can move the soul of feet of people from any ethnicity. — S. Victor Aaron 12/23/12 >> go there
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