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Iemanjo (Black Swan Sounds 11

Ben Harris lives in Brooklyn, but he's traveled widely throughout Cuba, Brazil, & Colombia. Cumbia, samba, rumba, & other rhythms bubble through the music he makes as Iemanjo. The songs are Manu Chao style pop- easily accessible, but full of interlocking rhythms & remarkable grooves. "Ciencia Ancestral" is a mashup of Peruvian folk, Cuban horn stabs, Brazilian percussion & thumping club beats. "Reality" alternates between a dub-reggae pulse & a funky samba-like R&B chorus that suggest Stevie Wonder's Innervisions period. Churning carnival drums & voices make " O Mama E" spin wildly out of control, while "Wintertime" drops the tempo for a collage of melancholy vocals & mournful trumpet noodling.