Galo Negro – Wikipedia



1998 studio album through Sam Mangwana

Galo Negro is an album through the Angolan Congolese musician Sam Mangwana, launched in 1998.[2][3] Mangwana deemed his sound “Congolese Rumba.”[4]

Mangwana supported the album with a North American excursion, accompanied through labelmate Ricardo Lemvo.[5]


Mangwana sang in Swahili, Lingala, Kikongo, Portuguese, French, and English.[6][7]

Crucial reception[edit]

The Chicago Reader wrote: “The gently rolling rhythms come from former Portuguese colonies like Angola and Cape Verde in addition to Cuba, the candy accordion strains from Madagascar, and the stunning lead guitar paintings from Congo, courtesy of former OK Jazz member Papa Noel Nedule Montswet.”[6] The Solar-Sentinel known as the album “filled with Congolese rhythms and Latin rhythms—from rumba to vallenato.”[7]

The Gazette deemed Galo Negro “a gentle, sensuous set highlighted through Mangwana’s evocative tenor voice.”[10]The Washington Put up famous that “the island taste of Mangwana’s tune is bolstered through the presence of the nice Malagasy accordionist Regis Gizana and through Mangwana’s use of Cape Verdean falsetto vocals.”[4]

AllMusic wrote {that a} listener “hears components of the whole thing from Afro-Cuban salsa and Dominican merengue to Spanish flamenco and Colombian vallenato in this album.”[8]

Monitor checklist[edit]

1. “Galo Negro”  
2. “Manjani”  
3. “Ghetto”  
4. “Elima”  
5. “Zengolo”  
6. “Maloba”  
7. “Nakupenda”  
8. “Cara Mabanzo”  
9. “Balobi”  
10. “Ya Mbemba”  


  1. ^ McCallister, Jared (7 June 1998). “Afro-Latino Evening”. Suburban. Day by day Information. New York. p. 14.
  2. ^ Hund, Peter (Sep 1998). “Track”. International Industry. 11 (9): 82.
  3. ^ Reece, Doug (Jun 20, 1998). “ROADWORK”. Billboard. 110 (25): 19.
  4. ^ a b Himes, Geoffrey (23 July 1999). “SAM MANGWANA ‘Galo Negro’“. The Washington Put up. p. N13.
  5. ^ Lannert, John (Would possibly 30, 1998). “Latin Notas”. Billboard. 110 (22): 64.
  6. ^ a b “Sam Mangwana”. Chicago Reader. July 29, 1999.
  7. ^ a b Cazares, David (12 June 1998). “SINGERS FIND SYNERGY IN AFRICAN, CUBAN BEATS”. SHOWTIME. Solar-Sentinel. p. 26.
  8. ^ a b “Sam Mangwana – Galo Negro Album Evaluations, Songs & Extra | AllMusic” – by means of
  9. ^ “Robert Christgau: CG: Sam Mangwana”.
  10. ^ Feist, Daniel (27 June 1998). “Mangwana performs African ambassador”. The Gazette. p. D11.


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