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Schedule

Discography

Bio

Contacting his agent

Ricardo Lemvo
and Makina Loca

Ricardo Lemvo was born in the Congo and grew up listening to the Cuban greats -- Orquesta Aragón, Arsenio Rodríguez, Sonora Matancera and Abelardo Barroso. After moving to LA, he founded Makina Loca in 1990 to create a new blend of Cuban and Congo music.  This blend has a long and respectable tradition behind it, as it occured before at a different level in the Congo where they were blended in the 50's by musicians such as Franco, Dr. Nico, Tabu Ley, and others. Stupendous music and it's very popular in Cuba.  Recently, he has entered into a relationship with a booking agent, Ritmo Artists.

Check out their website for the schedule: www.makinaloca.com/shows.php

 

Bio from the Liner Notes to Mambo Yo Yo

I was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire. My roots reach all the way to San Salvador in northern Angola where my grandfathers, Don João Matantu N'lemvo and Andrada Andrè, were born...

Although exposed to Cuban music since childhood, my formal introduction took place during one of the school breaks. My cousin, Hetman Ne-Kongo, had a huge record collection. I spent hours listening to Orquesta Aragón, Arsenio Rodríguez, Sonora Matancera and Abelardo Barroso.

At the time, I did not understand the lyrics, but the rhythms, the melody, and the spirit of the music touched me deeply. Whenever I heard Barroso and Ignacio Piñeiro, I felt a strong connection. In their songs I heard the drums and the voices of Africa. I was overcome by emotion when I realized that this was the music that my enslaved ancestors took with them to the Americas...

In college, I began collecting Cuban records and met many French-speaking Africans who shared my passion for Cuban music. Most were "purists" who did not like the salsa from New York, unless it was Johnny Pacheco. To many African aficionados of Cuban music, Pacheco was a god because he played the son montuno and charanga style that is revered throughout the continent. The influence of Cuban music in Africa is immeasurable. When Cuban music traveled back to Africa  it was instantly recognized and embraced...

In 1990, I formed Makina Loca in order to combine the two schools of music I adore: Congolese rumba and Cuban son montuno. This idea was not new. The foundation had been laid by the founding fathers of Congolese rumba-Grand Kallè & African Jazz, Tabu Ley, Dr Nico Kasanda, and Franco's T.P. OK Jazz. In the 1950's and 1960's, Congolese bands were performing Cuban songs in phonetic Spanish as well as adapting the arrangements to fit Congolese languages. This is how Congolese rumba and soukous came to be...

With Makina Loca my goal has been to expand Kallè and Franco's ideas by africanizing the soul of Cuban music-son montuno. The introduction of Congolese guitar, and singing in Kikongo, Lingala, and Spanish has enabled me to create a mosaic of sounds.

Through my songs, I hope to share my Congolese heritage with others. With Mambo Yo Yo I have continued to develop the idea of synchronizing the sounds of my Congolese roots with those of Cuba's African diaspora...

Long live Palo Monte Mayombe!
¡Que viva changó!

Ricardo Lemvo
March 29, 1998
Los Angeles, California.

from http://www.putumayo.com/cd/lemvo/lemvo.html

[AfroCubaWeb's Note: the Mayombe in the Cuban religious term Palo Monte Mayombe stems from the Mayombe forest, a large forest on the border of Angola and the Congo, where people come from many miles to pay homage to certain trees.]

Discography

Mambo Yo Yo

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Ricardo Lemvo with Makina Loca
1. Mambo Yo Yo
2. Rinkinkaya
3. Aquella Bendita Foto
4. El De La Rumba Soy Yo
5. El Aguacero
6. Bilolo
7. No Me Enganes Mas
8. Mujer Divina
9. Africa Havana Paris
10. Manuela

Click for pricing & to order or to listen to some cuts ==> Amazon.com

Sao Salvador
Putumayo
Sao Salvador Lemvo
Ricardo Lemvo with Makina Loca
1. Le Rendez-vous
2. Boom Boom Tarara
3. Ave Maria (Por Dios)
4. Sao Salvador
5. Si Tu No Sabes (No Te Metas)
6. Nganga Kisi
7. Dans La Foret
8. Capullito De Aleli
9. Te Traigo Un Son

Click for pricing & to order or to listen to some cuts ==> Amazon.com

Latino! Latino!
Putumayo, '97
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Various artists
1. Chacha La Vie - KaomaMusic
2. Yiri Yiri Bon - Ricardo LemvoMusic
3. Arranca - ManzanitaMusic
4. Volver A Verte - Oscar D'LeonMusic
5. Los Pasillos De Tia Conga - Conjunto CespedesMusic
6. Besame Mama - Poncho Sanchez/Mongo Santamaria
7. Son Flamenco - Los Del Caney
8. Asia - Willie Colon
9. Carmelina - Toto La Momposina
10. No Me Llores - Sierra Maestra

Click for pricing & to order or to listen to some cuts ==> Amazon.com

Tata Masamba Makina Loca with Ricardo Lemvo

Schedule  

Thu. 03.01.12 Yoshi's San Francisco San Francisco, California
Thu. 06.14.12 Yerba Buena Garden Festival San Francisco, California

 

Check out their website: www.makinaloca.com/shows.php

 

2004

February 6, 2004 Los Angeles, CA The Conga Room
February 21, 2004 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
April 14, 2004 Traverse Bay, MI TBA
April 16, 2004 Chicago, IL HotHouse 
April 17, 2004 Madison, WI UW-Madison
April 24, 2004 Houston, TX Houston International Fest
August 3, 2004 Santa Fe, NM Chamber Music Festival

 

September 21, 2003 Santa Ana, CA Private Function
September 27, 2003 Los Angeles, CA Celebrate LA Festival
September 28, 2003 San Diego, CA Adams Avenue Street Fair
October 10, 2003 Los Angeles, CA Grand Performances
October 11, 2003 Pomona, CA Private Function
August 3, 2004 Santa Fe, NM Chamber Music Festival

 

05/02/03 

Austin, TX

Flamingo Cantina  

05/03/03 

Houston, TX

International Festival  

05/10/03 

Black Mountain, NC

Lake Eden Arts Festival 

06/05/03 

Culver City, CA

City Hall  

06/07/03 

San Diego, CA

 

06/19/03 

Pittsburgh, PA

Rosebud  

06/21/03 

Columbus, OH

Festival Latino  

06/27/03 

Chicago, IL

Summer Dance  

06/28/03 

Chicago, IL

Hot House  

08/08/03 

San Jose, CA

San Jose Jazz Festival  

08/09/03 

Sacramento, CA

Harlow's  

08/24/03 

Berkeley, CA

Front Row Festival  

2002-2003

12/29/02

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

12/31/02

Seattle, WA

Century Ballroom

01/24/03

Sacramento, CA

Harlow's

01/25/03

San Rafael, CA

Osher Marin JCC

03/28/03

Austin, TX

One World Theatre

2000

10/11/02

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

10/20/02

Los Angeles, CA

Caricabela Festival

10/24/02

Merida, Venezuela

To Be Announced

10/25/02

Caracas, Venezuela

Trasnocho Theatre

10/26/02

Maracaibo, Venezuela

Festival Internacional Del Caribe

10/27/02

Valencia, Venezuela

Festival Internacional De Las Artes

11/08/02

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

12/28/02

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

12/29/02

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

01/25/03

San Rafael, CA

Osher Marin JCC

03/28/03

Austin, TX

One World Theatre

 

06/13/02

Culver City, CA

Summer Sunset Music Festival

06/15/02

Santa Barbara, CA

Caribbean Festival

06/22/02

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

06/23/02

Mountain View, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

07/13/02

Milwaukee, WI

Bastille Days

07/14/02

Chicago, IL

Folk & Roots Music Festival

07/18/02

Los Angeles, CA

Skirball Cultural Center

07/25/02

Redding, CA

Viva Downtown

07/30/02

Roseburg, OR

Music On The Half Shell

08/01/02

Portland, OR

Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre

08/03/02

Seattle, WA

Century Ballroom

10/04/02

Morris, MN

University Of Minnesota

2001

07/27/01

Berlin, Germany

HeimatKlange Festival

07/28/01

Berlin, Germany

HeimatKlange Festival

07/29/01

Berlin, Germany

HeimatKlange Festival

08/03/01

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

08/04/01

San Jose, CA

Fuel 44

08/05/01

Piercy, CA

Reggae On The River

08/24/01

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

08/25/01

Grover Beach, CA

Ramona Garden Park

08/28/01

Eliat, Israel

Jazz Festival

08/29/01

Eliat, Israel

Jazz Festival

08/30/01

Eliat, Israel

Jazz Festival

09/30/01

Huntington Beach, CA

Pier Plaza

11/02/01

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

11/04/01

Canoga Park, CA

Dia De Los Muertos

11/15/01

San Francisco, CA

Great American Music Hall

11/16/01

Fallon, NV

Churchill Arts Council

11/17/01

Sacramento, CA

Harlow's

01/11/02

Glen Allen, VA

Cultural Arts Center

03/16/02

Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica College

05/09/02

Edmonton, AB

Francis Winspear Centre For Music

05/10/02

Monroe, WI

Monroe Arts Center

 

 

01/20/01

Santa Monica, CA

3rd Street Promenade

01/26/01

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

03/04/01

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Pan African Jam

06/16/01

Santa Barbara, CA

Live Oak Music Festival

 

11/04/00

Nijmegen, Holland

Vereeniging

11/05/00

Amsterdam, Holland

Fame

11/08/00

Paris, France

New Morning

11/09/00

Zurich, Swizerland

X-Tra Limmathaus

11/11/00

Torino, Italy

 

11/12/00

Freiburg, Germany

 

11/16/00

Munich, Germany

Bayerischer Hof

11/17/00

Zug, Swizterland

Zug Theatre

11/18/00

Ljubljana, Slovakia

 

12/04/00

New York, NY

Lincoln Center

12/06/00

New York, NY

Nell's

 

09/29/00

Santa Cruz, CA

Coconut Grove Ballroom

09/30/00

Sacramento, CA

Harlow's

10/01/00

San Francisco, CA

Yerba Buena Gardens

10/13/00

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

10/14/00

Palm Springs, CA

Muriels' Supper Club

10/20/00

West Hollywood, CA

Conga Room

 

08/11/00 West Hollywood, CA Conga Room
08/25/00 San Jose, CA Hotel De Anza
08/26/00 San Luis Obispo, CA World Music Festival
08/27/00 Signal Hill, CA Latin Festival
09/02/00 Warsaw, Poland World Music Festival
09/08/00 San Diego, CA San Diego Street Scene
09/10/00 Washington, DC Kennedy Center

 

06/18/00 Birmingham, AL City Stages
06/22/00 Madison, WI University Of Wisconsin
06/23/00 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Center (P.A.C.)
06/24/00 Berwyn, IL FitzGerald's
07/01/00 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
07/07/00 Lugano, Switzerland Lugano Festival Jazz
07/08/00 Ghent, Belgium Pole Pole Festival
07/09/00 Amsterdam, Netherlands  
07/15/00 San Jose, CA Fuel 44
07/16/00 Grass Valley, CA World Music Festival
07/19/00 Portland, OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
07/20/00 Vancouver, BC Richard's On Richards
07/21/00 Vancouver, BC Mission Folk Festival
07/22/00 Victoria, BC Rootsfest
07/28/00 Huntington, NY Arts Festival
07/29/00 Northampton, MA Latin Festival
07/30/00 Brooklyn, NY Celebrate Brooklyn
07/31/00 Albany, NY Washington Park
09/02/00 Warsaw, Poland World Music Festival
09/08/00 San Diego, CA San Diego Street Scene
09/10/00 Washington, DC Kennedy Center

 

02/25/00

Los Angeles

CA

Private

03/03/00

Santa Cruz

CA

Coconut Grove Ballroom

03/04/00

San Francisco

CA

Great American Music Hall

04/08/00

Houston

TX

International Festival


Ricardo Lemvo's agent

Ricardo's new cd "Sao Salvador" will be release tomorrow, February 22nd, by the Putumayo Artists record label. We are currently arranging tour dates world-wide for Ricardo in promotion of this new CD.   For general information on Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca we invite you to check out his page on our agency website at: http://www.ritmoartists.com/Lemvo/lemvo.htm

Up to the minute tour dates on this artist can be accessed at: http://www.ritmoartists.com/Tours/tour_rl.htm

Real-Audio sound bites at: http://www.ritmoartists.com/Lemvo/audio_rl.htm

Our agency is the official booking contact for Ricardo Lemvo.  All of our contact information, including our website at www.ritmoartists.com, is detailed below:

David Gaar
Ritmo Artists
2405 Forest Avenue
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-447-5661
Fax: 512-447-5886

E-mail: david@ritmoartists.com

Website: www.ritmoartists.com

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