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Album Review: A New Beginning
Mbandi
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A New Beginning
Mbandi
2003 / Mbandi
Review by Kathy Parsons
A New Beginning is Mbandi’s second release, and is quite an improvement from his 2001 debut, Fingerprints. The sound quality is much better, and the keyboards and piano sound much fuller and more three-dimensional. A native of West Africa, Mbandi has incorporated a variety of cultural and ethnic sounds and rhythms into these compositions, giving him a more identifiable and personalized sound. Most of the tracks are upbeat and joyful, but a few are more subdued and introspective. Still in his early 20’s, Mbandi is relatively new to the music industry, and shows great promise - especially for those who like their instrumental music a bit on the pop and mainstream side. The title track begins the CD with a lively, uplifting piece that has a catchy rhythm. Inspired by events in his life, this is one of the best tracks on the CD. “Fading Memories” is a little more melancholy, and is an effective piano solo. “Cruising” is another favorite, with it’s tropical rhythms and soulful flute. “Precious Moments” is a winner with piano, flute, voices, rhythm, and guitar. The melody is bittersweet, and the mood of the piece is warm and content. “In a Child’s World” is an innocent piano solo with a simple, direct melody and a cozy feel. Mbandi’s music is warm and accessible and creates a feel-good mood without being syrupy or saccharine. Samples of his music are online at mbandimusic.com, and purchases may be made there as well.
August 29, 2003
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