Sergent Garcia — Una Y Otra Vez

Bursting onto the world music circuit in the late 90s, Franco-Spanish music maestro Sergent Garcia introduced a searing and innovative mix of Jamaican dancehall, reggae and Latin salsa grooves.

Since his debut album, many artists have matched Garcia’s unique sound including Che Sudaka, Fermin Mugaraza and La Kinky Beat. However, adding a little more musical flavourings to the mix, Sergeant Garcia’s recently released Una y Otra Vez presents a rare concoction of Columbian cumbia beats, hip-hop and classic punk attitude.

Right from the opening, self-titled track “Una y Otra Vez”, the album is a musical journey of global musical delights. With it’s punchy horns, rugged melodies and alternating reggae and Latin foot-stomping beats, the tune catapults the listener into musical bliss. So much so that it’s almost impossible not to dance away to your heart’s content. Following tracks, such as “Chacun Son Combat”, distinctly reflect Garcia’s experience as frontman of popular French punk band Ludwig Von 88. The track also reflects Garcia’s Spanish roots, as well as his love of Latin American flavours – from Colombian cumbia to Puerto Rican bomba and plena, and of course Cuban music. The final track “Achos Bai Bai” presents Garcia singing in both English and Spanish, a feature that clearly gives him an advantage on the international world music and festival scene. With the energy-fuelled ska rhythms, the highly-addictive (as well as almost annoying: “I want some change”) chorus and Garcia’s distinct vocals come together to form an unforgettable finale.

With it’s rocking rhythms, salsa-fuelled energy and captivating range of global sounds, Sergent Garcia’s Una y Otra Vez is his best album yet and given his previous musical ventures, that is certainly saying something.

by Amy Cunningham

Artist: Sergent Garcia
Album: Una Y Otra Vez
Label: Cumbancha
Release: 21st March 2011

You can buy Una Y Otra Vez from Amazon and iTunes.

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