The Soto Koto Band

Mandingo Beat

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Mandingo Beat is the polished and moving creation of The Soto Koto Band and Paps Tourney, the leading lyricist, composer and singer in Africa. They play Gumbay music, or music from West Africa. The music is hot and rhythmic, featuring a strong West African-Cuban sound. Tourney's voice is rich and mellow. His lyrics delicately probe a common human thread of love and respect. This is African jazz played at its best on synthesizers, guitar, African percussion and a small orchestra of brass.

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