Friday, April 1, 2011

CD Review: Olga Milla's 'rePercusion: Baladas AfroPeruanas Y Otras Agitaciones'

rePercusion: Baladas AfroPeruanas Y Otras Agitaciones


Peru's Olga Milla is a songstress that breathes life into the Afro-Peruvian and Creole-influenced melodies and rhythms. With a voice younger in tone and range than fellow countrywoman Susana Baca, Olga maintains a lively voice backed by a talented percussion crew. rePercusion..., which is roughly translated as Afro-Peruvian Ballads and Other Agitations, is a tropical journey with tons of sunny melodies to brighten any day. The Latin, African, and South American elements are perfect for a relaxing evening with the occasional dance step or two. The energetic percussion forces meld wonderfully with the guitar and vocals without ever tiring or fading into a slump of boredom. The fretless bass is enough to satisfy any fan of Peruvian fusion or improvisation. The liner notes contain English summaries of the songs with Spanish lyrics. The only repercussion by owning Olga's latest album will be in the form of an addiction to playing the album over...and over again. ~ Matthew Forss

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