The Mambo Inn was a London club that seems to have achieved, perhaps uniquely, all the promise of worldbeat fusion. By taking African jazz, Brazilian tropicalismo, Jamaican reggae and every other exotic beat-based music within reach and treating them as nothing more than branches on the tree of universal dance music, the Mambo Inn's legendary DJs turned a whole generation of Londoners into something like a United Nations delegation with rhythm. Though the club itself only lasted nine years, its legacy lives on in two Mambo Inn compilations on the Hannibal label. This one features dance grooves both organic and remixed, from artists as familiar as Caetano Veloso and the ubiquitous Baaba Maal and as obscure as Hamid Baroudi (formerly of Dissidenten) and the Haitian-American Jephte Guillaume. Highlights include Veloso and Gal Costa singing the timeless "Que Pena" and a great deejay turn from ragamuffin extraordinaire Macka B on Baaba Maal's "Hamady Boiro." This one is guaranteed to nice up any party in any country.
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AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson