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by Damaru

African drumming blended with modern world beat instrumental and vocal arrangements for an upbeat and incredibly danceable groove.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fanga
6:15 $0.99
2. Big Anaconda
7:11 $0.99
3. Lamba
6:37 $0.99
4. Beledi
5:38 $0.99
5. Lendjin-Sedoba
4:32 $0.99
6. Kakilambe
7:20 $0.99
7. Electric Linjinland
5:06 $0.99
8. Kuku
7:49 $0.99
9. Heartbeat
4:49 $0.99
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Damaru is a world beat music group from San Diego, Ca that incorporates African and middle-eastern rhythms into an incredibly energetic and danceable groove. With the addition of bass, sax,
flute, guitar and vocals, Damaru has created a sound that is original and unique. While based on traditional drumming traditions, the music transcends boundaries of ancient and modern, for a cross cultural world fusion. Damaru performs throughout the southern California area, and has a self-titled CD available. With nine tracks of original arrangements, this CD is a must for anyone interested in African drumming and world beat music.

Marc Cavanaugh: Djun-Djun, Vocals, Percussion
Bill Meinerding: Djembe, Krin, Percussion
Glenn Goodwin: Bass Guitar
Scott McDowell: Guitar
Frank Lazzaro: Djembe, Dumbek, Percussion, Vocals
Anthony Sarain: Sax, Flute.

Songs on the DAMARU CD:
1. Fanga - Welcoming song from Liberia.
2. Big Anaconda - Original composition dedicated to the rainforests.
3. Lamba (Glenn's Groove) - Funked up version of Senegalese healing rhythm.
4. Beledi - Middle Eastern fusion.
5. Lendjin-Sedoba - Traditional Senegalese drumming.
6. Kakilambe - Original lyrics on new arrangement of West African classic.
7. Electric Linjinland - Psychedelic pumping 6/8 groove.
8. Kuku - Celebration rhythym from Guinea, with lyrics, vocals by Abdoulaye Camara.
9. Heartbeat - A calming cool down.



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Russ W

Damaru.....tre koo!
Intense drumming! I wanted the beats to keep going. Drop the flute and dijeredoo, and focus marimba's and more drums.
I'd like to see Damaru on tour in Canada perhaps.


D. C. Donovan, Editor

DAMARU is world beat at its best....
Gentle flute opens a mild collection of poly rhythms that grows on the listener of DAMARU. To call Damaru 'African' alone is unfair: DAMARU is world beat at its best, and while heavily influenced by African sound, it blends in plenty of surprising world influences, from Middle East to jazz, dance, and vocals. When you view the lineup of the seven members, it's easy to see where the polyrhythms are so strong: djembe, dumbeck, congas, and kalimba supplement flute, guitar, vocals and sax. Some surprising folk influences creep in too, as in 'Little Lisa Jane', or the riffs which weave in and out of 'Fanga', for example.
Despite the heavy percussion influence here, it's to their credit that Damaru doesn't let the beat overwhelm and dominate: 'Fanga' features a beautiful flute throughout, and even the more dominant drums on 'Big Anaconda' allow sax to shine and a jazzier influence to permeate. Too bad you can't see the group's dancer Desiree: it's obvious a DVD is needed for visual reinforcement here!