When I was honeymooning in Ireland in 1999, the radio played a steady stream of Lou Bega’s Mambo No. 5 and a remix of “Ricky MarTEEN” in which everything that made Livin’ La Vida Loca interesting (horns, Latin percussion, rockabilly guitar) had been stripped away in favor of a bland Eurodisco beat.
I also heard ads for an upcoming performance of Afro Celt Sound System, a collective of Irish and African musicians fusing together all the unique percussion instruments of both cultures along with a pulsing synthesizer beat. Since then, I’ve found they’re almost always worth a listen. This is one of their best — a solid 7 1/2 minutes of hooks and drums that’ll help you get ready for a workday. Enjoy.
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