Various Artists - Leve Leve Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s 80sBongo Joe Records
"Leve Leve" is the brain child of French dJ Tom B. He's been collecting music from Brazil and various countries for twenty years. Upon collecting Angolan music he came across the Island music of Sao Tome and Principe, two small islands off the coast of Gabon in central Africa. The sixteen track compilation is filled with uplifting compositions that will instantly transport you to the island. "Conjunto Equador Mado"is filled with warm vocal harmonies and sparkling guitar that fuses the rhythms of Sao Tomean with rebita, inspired from Angola. "Africa Negra" unites an assortment of rhythms such as Socope, Puita and danca-congo. The album title is a phrase frequently used among the islanders that means "Take it easy". These high energy compositions will inspire you to do exactly that.
Reg Dancy, 03/20