Observe e Medite

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Sartana is an artist who always has his ear on the zouk pulse. Observe e Medite is a bedrock zouk album and a sly reflection on realities to boot. Sartana is known for his lyrical and humorous social commentary. Here he provides a fine blend of up-tempo and mid-tempo zouk. Backed by a fiery contingent of big horns, he lays down zouk tracks that steamroll along, cutting a wide swath in their wake. All of the tracks develop drive and have a good dose of Antillean swing. He even melds zouk with soukous on one track with Freddy de Majunga on lead guitar. His albums are never devoid of interest and spark. Although very short at less than 29 minutes, this one has both in healthy amounts thanks to in part to the synthesizer wizardry of Manu Lima. This is also a good introduction to this artist's skill in the art of making a good zouk brew. Highly recommended.