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Luis Garay Percussion World: Humanity

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Humanity is the most recent studio work by percussion guru Luis Garay. His music is the quintessential example of fusion: this record is at a true crossroads, where many different styles and influences meet up halfway through the track, going for a really unique flow and very special feel. Rhythms from Africa and grooves from the tropics converge beautifully in a complex yet appealing sea of melodic and rhythmic ideas.

This album has a really broad scope, and it features a lot of songs: with 20 tracks on its set list, Humanity really stands out as a musical journey through some of the most compelling and inspirational sounds of the world. On songs such as "Dancing Bird," Garay and his group managed to create a positive and uplifting atmosphere, while on the title cut there is a stronger focus on the textures and on the musical ambiance of the album.

While listening to songs such as "Mojo" or "Amazonia," I could almost close my eyes and feel like I am venturing into a deep tropical jungle, marveling at all the beautiful plants and amazing animals I'd see along the way. This is really an adventurous record, made with passion and a substantial amount of veteran skills.

Track Listing: 1. Africano; 2. Good Times! 3. Zoombala; 4. Pretty Parrots; 5. Fire Up; 6. Gaucho; 7. Marimba Azucar; 8. Humanity; 9. Afrike; 10. Sweety; 11. Mozambe; 12. Dancing Birds; 13. Magic Drum; 14. Amazonia; 15. World; 16. Island; 17. Afro-Chin; 18. Celebration; 19. Mojo; 20. Carnival.

Personnel: Luis Garay: marimba, balafon, djembe, vibraphone, congas, drums, steel pan, hadphoon, timbales, cuica, whistle, shaker; Igor Kozlov: bass marimba, timbales, surdo, cowbells, bongo, gong, woodblocks; Edgar Montalvo: congas, djembe, bongo; Joe Link: drums, djembe; Wilbur Wood: congas, djembe; Miguel Alfaro: drums; Axel Garay: drums; Leon Eynatayan: bass marimba.

Title: Humanity | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Percumba Records

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