Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Acredito
Muinguilo
Muinguilo Music
CD
June 9, 2008

Track list
  1. I Don't Know
  2. Jah
  3. Living In Babylon
  4. Para De Chorar
  5. Diadia Na Cidade
  6. Jah Music
  7. Dia De Alegria
  8. Kimbangu
  9. How Long
  10. Historia
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4/5
Muinguilo was born in Angola. His parents left Angola for Zaire due to the civil war and political pressures. There he grew up in Kinshassa. Muinguilo lived in an area called Kisenso, a ghetto where he started his career in several local bands. The independence of Angola and the civil war changed his view of the world and when he discovered in the early eighties the famous legendary reggae star from Jamaica, Bob Marley, he decided to embrace reggae and pursue a career in reggae music.

In 2002 Muinguilo released his first album called "Tomorrow it's another day", cementing his love and respect for reggae music. In 2004 he returned fresh, matured spiritually, musically and mentally with his second album "Tuzolana" (=loving each other).

Following the success of the album "Tuzolana" Muinguilo released a video in 2006 featuring Don Korleon on a remix of I Don't Know produced by Halfman. The video has been airplayed on the Local television station in Amsterdam (ETV) and in Rotterdam (ETV). It was also picked up by a Belgian tv station (Jimmy TV) and hopefully will spreading Muinguilo's fame further into Europe. Meanwhile, back in Angola the video was broadcasted on T.P.A. television. MTV BASE Africa got hold of the video and started showing it to the whole of Africa!

His latest effort is called "Acredito". The ten track cd is a compilation of tunes he recorded & released earlier in his career. It opens with the fine track I Don't Know. It's an enjoyable tune with a sunny and jumpy kinda feeling. As we said before, his vocal delivery is of a kind you either love or hate, African influences are evident and he performs most of his songs inna wailing kind of singing. It's clear that his vocal delivery has grown since we first reviewed him in 2003. Living In Babylon is an above average effort. The jazzy Para De Chorar is also well worth checking out. Diadia Na Cidade is an African song, with Muinguilo's typical vocals over a sparse but hypnotic riddim. Jah Music hails reggae music and Rastafarian beliefs. The fast paced song How Long reminds us of a tune by Steel Pulse or some other UK reggae group. The album closes with Historia.

The album gives the listener a fine impression of Muinguilo's music. Not 100% reggae, but reggae with a fine African vibe.

Here's the link to his website.
Click here and listen to the album mix of "Acredito".