Minino Garay, an Argentinean living in Paris, France, has assembled an international cast that includes Cubans, Uruguyans, Danes, Spaniards, Greeks, Italians, and French. The music is definitely Caribbean and South American influenced, the tango and the chacarera are never far away.
This Argentinian production features a large ensemble stressing Bahian-style carnaval percussion and a wide variety of South American instruments and styles. Garay's own vocals are spoken, even growled, but other vocalists contribute other approaches, and many tracks feature spirited male chorus. The thematic cool of most of the tracks operates in fine tension with the thunderous drive of the drums, resulting in a unique and pleasant texture.
Reviews"Argentinian percussionist Minino Garay shines on his first outing as a leader. Many of the cuts feature his percussion troupe, Los Tambores del Sur, plus special guests who add a great deal of fire to the proceedings. There's an insouciant grace to this music, and it's very, very danceable. One of the disc's best features: the seamless integration of folkloric and urban music, from the violin-driven chacarera to Garay's intriguing spoken-word take on the tango." - Ellen Collison, All About Jazz