A week ago we saw Ricardo Lemvo and his band Makina Loca at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in SF. I had a great time and danced for most of the concert! The whole thing was really together, the band was tight. They played mostly dance songs with a wide variety of rhythms. Ricardo Lemvo plays congolese rumba, son montuno, soukous, mutuashi, cumbia, and more. For the encore a band member from Montana played a cowboy song. Ricardo Lemvo writes his songs. The band is extremely talented. I appreciate that that there is a strong horn section as well as a soukous guitar player. The band acted as a group with no individual showboating, yet all of them sounded great.
We first saw Ricardo Lemvo roughly 10 years ago when he played with Sam Mangwana. At that time, I was there to see Sam Mangwana and hadn’t heard of Ricardo Lemvo. Both musicians have a lot in common including being two of my favorite musicians.