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Viva Africa

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Johnny Pacheco 11/21/1996

Review

With his eight-man "nuevo tumbao" in tow, flutist Johnny Pacheco saluted the music of Africa (where he'd toured twice before) with 1972's Viva Africa. Although only the liner notes bear the dateline of Africa, and the music betrays no hint of African influence (or even reference), it's still a vivid, energetic, swinging record, with vocalists Monguito and Chivirico Davila leading the chorus. Pride of place goes to the opener, "El Champolon (Bacalao)," a swift dance number, though the mid-tempo "A Moron" is close behind, boasting a brassy swing and great harmonizing. Unlike the majority of Latin LPs, Viva Africa doesn't have a weak track on it; the last, "El Mundo," is as brisk, creative, and catchy as the first. ~ John Bush
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 El Champolon (Bacalao) Johnny Pacheco 3:12
  3. 2 Oye Canuto Johnny Pacheco y Su Nuevo Tumbao 3:28
  4. 3 Los Guandulitos Johnny Pacheco y Su Nuevo Tumbao 2:58
  5. 4 A Moron Johnny Pacheco y Su Nuevo Tumbao 3:20
  6. 5 Abelino Johnny Pacheco 2:55
  7. 6 No Tienes Corazon Johnny Pacheco y Su Nuevo Tumbao 2:55
  8. 7 La Rebelion Johnny Pacheco y Su Nuevo Tumbao 2:49
  9. 8 Sasonando Johnny Pacheco y Su Nuevo Tumbao 2:53
  10. 9 Con un Temporal Johnny Pacheco 2:55
  11. 10 Guararey Na'ma Johnny Pacheco 2:56
  12. 11 Mi Pollo Bon Bon Johnny Pacheco 2:48
  13. 12 El Mundo Johnny Pacheco y Su Nuevo Tumbao 3:5

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