Thursday, August 4, 2011

CD Review: Rumba Vella's 'Els Ignorant'

Rumba Vella

Els Ignorants

The Barcelona-based group, Rumba Vella, largely produce Catalonia music with a rumba edge, Latin American vibe, and a nostalgic, French feel. The twelve musical tracks go way back to the 1960's and 70's, while others were first popularized by Panama's Ruben Blades and Puerto Rico's Ray Barretto. The highly-danceable music is accomplished with guitars, bass, percussion, and violin in a slightly syncopated song structure. The rumba, flamenco, and tropical sounds are inspired by Spain's musical history. The musicians know how to produce good vocal tracks with better-than-average lyrics and lively, dance tracks with a range of percussive sounds that span Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America. However, the relatively short running time of forty-minutes is a less-than-desirable quality. Still, Rumba Vella is a 'danse de vigueur' to be reckoned with. ~ Matthew Forss

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