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A trio, featuring brothers Antonio and Juan Miguel Carmona and their cousin, Juan Carmona, Ketama is one of the leading groups of the "new flamenco" movement. Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 1985, the trio has directed the evolution of flamenco as a world-savvy music. In addition to their own albums, which fuse flamenco with salsa, Brazilian, reggae, pop, funk, jazz, and hip-hop influences, Ketama has collaborated on two albums -- Songhai and Songhai 2 -- with Malian multi-instrumentalist Toumani Diabate. Describing Ketama's sound, Folk Roots wrote, "harmonies masterful....melodies exquisite....pace and timing deeply satisfying....reaching points of the brain/body most music snoozes past." The three members of Ketama represent the fourth generation of a musical family that traces back to guitarist Ico Habichuela. The trio's name recalls when they rehearsed in a chicken yard for nightly performances as house-band of Canestra Tabiao. During their tenure at the club, they shared stages with Paco de Lucia, Enrique Morente and Camarón De La Isla. After building their reputation with their virtuosic playing and vocal harmonies, they went on to play with Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and Michel Camilo. Ketama secured their fame as opening act for Prince and the Rolling Stones. The Camona brothers also opened several shows for Frank Sinatra. The Songhai project, which took its name from an African kingdom that had been invaded by Spanish troops in the 16th century, was formulated by Joe Boyd, producer of albums by Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, REM, and the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices. The first album, released in 1988, united Ketama and Diabate, who played a 21-stringed kora, with British double bassist Danny Thompson and background vocalists Djanka Diabate and Diaw Kouyate. Six years later, Ketama and Diabate renewed their collaboration to record a follow-up album, Songhai 2, with a much larger band. In addition to flamenco singer Jose Soto, a founding member of Ketama who had left to pursue a solo career, the album featured Malian balafon player Kélétigui Diabaté, Malian ngoni player Basekou Kouyate, double bassist Javier Colina of La Barberia Del Sur, violinist Bernardo Parrilla of Joaquin Cortes' group, and flamenco-rhumba vocalist Aurora. Ketama was featured in Carlos Saura's film Flamencos. ~ Craig Harris
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  2.   Mienteme
  3.   El Reloj del Cariño
  4.   Galuchi
  5.   Pozo Del Deseo by Toumani Diabaté
  6.   Africa
  7.   First Day (of the rest of your life)
  8.   Ketama
  9.   Strong Doses
  10.   Para Dos
  11.   Ahora Que Te Tengo
  12.   Presenti
  13.   Y Es Ke Me Han Kambiao Los Tiempos [Solea] Homenaje A Sorder
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  15.   Mala
  16.   No Estamos Lokos (Kalinkeño)
  17.   Asi Me Siento
  18.   81881818
  19.   Tú Volverás by Michel Camilo
  20.   La Pipa De Kif
  21.   Vente Pá Madrid by Antonio Flores
  22.   Corazón Loko
  23.   Vente Pa' Madrid
  24.   Agustito
  25.   Soledad
  26.   Grito con el Korazón
  27.   Ke No
  28.   Paren el Mundo
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  30.   Aquellas Pequeñas Cosas
  31.   Chupendi
  32.   Tu Volveras
  33.   Leyenda Viva
  34.   La Repompa
  35.   El Lago
  36.   Se Dejaba Llevar Por Ti
  37.   Alguna Vez
  38.   De La Isla A Las Antillas
  39.   Domo Arigato
  40.   Vacio
  41.   Kanela y Menta
  42.   K' Cha Cha
  43.   Worm In My Head
  44.   On Your Marks
  45.   Listen Carefully
  46.   Caramelo
  47.   Canasteros
  48.   Viviré
  49.   Sueño Imposible
  50.   El Oasis de Los Dioses
  51.   Powerfull Stuff
  52.   Mi Antiguo Patio
  53.   Puchero Light
  54.   Tan Lejos
  55.   Dolores
  56.   Schubkraft
  57.   Cuando Salga la Luna
  58.   Me Llama
  59.   No Sé Si Vivo O Sueño
  60.   Como Librarme de Ti
  61.   Because I Need That
  62.   Pozo del Deseo
  63.   Luna, Quedate Conmigo

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