Mare Smythii - Full Moon 64 - 12/30/01
The Latin American journey
The Latin American journey is the third album from Norwegian People's Aid. The two previous
albums have been dedicated to African music, and this time the album is dedicated to the influence
African music has on Latin American music.
The album is a collection of music from various artist and groups in many parts of Latin
America, like Omara Portoundo from Cuba, Lenine from Brazil, Susana Baca from Peru and Mercedes
Sosa from Argentina. It has become an album with a great many tunes from the region, and if you
like the atmosphere of Latin American compositions; this is a record for you. In addition to
buying a record with mainly good music, you will also support a good case; the profit of the
sale goes to Norwegian People's Aid.
I tested this record on my little son who's 19 months old. I hereby recommend this album to
all parents with children that like to boogie on the living room floor. The album is a charming
mix of ballads and tunes that makes you eager to dance.
If you ever travelled in Latin America by bus, the rhythmic tunes of this record will put you
right back on that hard bus seat packed together with other passenger, five chickens and a pig on
the roof. This is the kind of music you hear in Latin American bars, on the street and on the radio.
On this record the rhythmic melodies are especially track number 3 with Mi Son from Havana, number 5
with Silvia Torres from Bahia, number 8 with Jorge Ben from Rio, and track 14 with Toto La Momposina
The ballads are more in style with Buena Vista Social Club (Omara Portuondo in fact
sings one of them, track number 7), Astrud Gilberto and Cesaria Evora. I especially like "Maria
Lando" with Susana Baca. It is a lovely ballad that makes your hips roll gently if you get up on
You will hear Africa calling in some of the tunes, especially in "Aniha Sandi" by Andy Palacio
and "Canto de Nana" by Dorival Caymni. These two melodies mark the ending of this record and you
will easily understand the connection between the Latin American salsa, bossa and tango and African
Norwegian People's Aid with project group Torunn Aaslund and Svein Olsen, have put together a
record that makes you feel the beauty and the joy along with a touch of wistfulness that for me
characterize Latin America. This album sets you in a good mood!
Copyright © 2001 Kathrine Qvenild - with a little help from Vetle (19 months old) - with a little help from Vetle (19 months old)